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This review is from: Zani: Complete Cello Concertos [Martin Rummel, Michael Alexander Willens] [Capriccio: C5145] (Audio CD)
Andrea Teodoro Zani was born in Casalmaggiore, Italy in 1696 and died as a result of a coach accident near Mantua in 1757. Although well-known and respected by his contemporaries and receiving many honours he seems to have disappeared into oblivion. In recent times there have been a number of CD's of his music issued, including a set of violin concertos. These two well-filled discs of his 12 cello concertos are world premiere recordings; and what magnificent concertos they are demonstrating Zani's considerable melodic and lyrical flair. They were retrieved from the musical library of the Counts of Schonborn-Wiesentheid for whom they were written and probably first performed in Vienna. All are in in the fast-slow-fast three movement sequence typical of the late Baroque concerto. The fast movements are full of rhythmic vitality. The slow movements - which all tend to be quite short in length - are full of soulful cantabile. The finales dance along exuberantly in a warm Italianate fashion. The cellist, Martin Rummel, is superb as is the lively accompaniment from the Cologne Academy under conductor Michael Willens.Capriccio is to be congratulated on its brilliant recording. These two discs for the price of one (I paid just £10)are a fantastic bargain and I have no hesitation in recommending the set to anyone who a)loves great Baroque music, b)loves great cello music, c)loves great cello playing or d) just loves great music from any era!