Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fiorenza, Nicola - Concerti & Sonate - Dolce & Tempesta, Demicheli

Fiorenza, Nicola - Concerti & Sonate - Dolce & Tempesta, Demicheli
Concerto | single flac, cue | no log, cover | 1 CD, 315 MB
April 14, 2009 | Fuga Libera | RapidShare

Fiorenza, Nicola (d Naples, 13 April 1764). Italian violinist and composer. His earliest dated composition is a concerto for flute, two violins and continuo of 1726. For some years this highly talented but rather tumultuous individual was teacher of string instruments at the Neapolitan music conservatory S Maria di Loreto. He was elected to this post by a curious procedure. Unable to decide between five candidates for the post, the Loreto governors at their meeting of 22 May 1743 finally put the five names in a box and selected one at random; Fiorenza's name was drawn. He was dismissed on the last day of 1762 after complaints extending over several years that he was maltreating his students. Fiorenza was also a violinist in the Neapolitan royal chapel, to which he was appointed some time before 1750. Records of salary payments to chapel members (I-Na) show that he received pay increases on 23 April 1750, 22 May 1756, 24 April 1758 (when he was appointed head violinist of the chapel in succession to Domenico de Matteis, who had just died), and 14 February 1761. His surviving music is in manuscript at the Naples Conservatory S Pietro a Majella. The bulk of it consists of 15 concertos for various combinations of instruments and nine symphonies (many of them containing important solos for string or wind instruments and coming close to belonging to the concerto category). Nine of the concertos are dated and were composed during 1726–8. Several other concertos and symphonies may be assigned to the same approximate period on the evidence of their style and structure. Though a minor figure in the history of instrumental music, Fiorenza deserves more credit than he receives for his part in the development of the concerto and the symphony in southern Italy during the first half of the 18th century.--Grove

CD Content
Concerto di flauto, violini, violetta, violoncello e basso in Fa Minore
Concerto con due violini, violoncello obbligato e basso in Re Maggiore
Concerto a tre violini e basso in La Minore
Sonata per violino e continuo in Sol Maggiore
Concerto con due violini, viola, violoncello obbligato e basso in Re Maggiore
Sinfonia a flauto, due violini e basso in La Minore

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