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This review is from: The Pupils Of Tartini [rtomir ikovi, Luca Ferrini] [Dynamic: CDS723] (Audio CD)
Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) was an Italian baroque composer and violinist, born to an aristocratic Italian family in the town of Piran, Slovenia. He studied the violin assiduously and eventually became Maestro di Cappella at the Basilica di Sant'Antonio in Padua. Throughout his illustrious career, he gathered around himself many pupils. Thus, a famous international violin school grew up around him. His fledglings, not only cut their teeth on violin technique alone, but had a much broader schooling in composition also. The underlying principle of his teaching was the relationship between melody and harmony. Tartini was a multi-cultured man, and did not restrict his contacts to musicians alone. Those from the literary, scientific and political world also held a fascination for him.
His style greatly influenced his students, and witness to this are the works on offer here. Apart from Nardini, I have never heard of any of these composers. These sonatas is highly inventive, and each is imbued with grace and charm. They are ravishingly played, and thoughtfully nuanced. Siskovic has great affinity for this music.
Luca Ferrini accompanies on the harpsichord, which I felt was slightly too recessed. Each of these sonatas is a world premiere recording, and they deserve to be heard. Dynamic have done a sterling job in making these works available to the listening public. They definitely have the thumbs up from me.