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Locatelli: Concerti Grossi

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  • Composer: Pietro Locatelli
  • Audio CD (26 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000095IUV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. "Locatelli : Concerto grosso in E flat major Op.7 No.6, 'Il pianto d'Arianna' : I Andante - Allegro"
  2. "Locatelli : Concerto grosso in E flat major Op.7 No.6, 'Il pianto d'Arianna' : II Largo"
  3. "Locatelli : Concerto grosso in E flat major Op.7 No.6, 'Il pianto d'Arianna' : III Largo andante"
  4. "Locatelli : Concerto grosso in E flat major Op.7 No.6, 'Il pianto d'Arianna' : IV Grave"
  5. "Locatelli : Concerto grosso in E flat major Op.7 No.6, 'Il pianto d'Arianna' : V Allegro"
  6. "Locatelli : Concerto grosso in E flat major Op.7 No.6, 'Il pianto d'Arianna' : VI Largo"
  7. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in B flat major Op.1 No.3 : I Largo
  8. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in B flat major Op.1 No.3 : II Allegro
  9. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in B flat major Op.1 No.3 : III Largo - Allegro
  10. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in B flat major Op.1 No.3 : IV Vivace
  11. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in B flat major Op.1 No.3 : V Allegro
  12. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in F major Op.7 No.4 : I Andante
  13. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in F major Op.7 No.4 : II Largo
  14. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in F major Op.7 No.4 : III Cantabile
  15. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in F major Op.7 No.4 : IV Allegro molto
  16. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in G minor Op.1 No.12 : I Largo
  17. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in G minor Op.1 No.12 : II Allemanda - Allegro
  18. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in G minor Op.1 No.12 : III Sarabanda - Vivace
  19. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in G minor Op.1 No.12 : IV Presto
  20. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in G minor Op.1 No.12 : V Gavotta - Allegro
  21. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in E flat major Op.4 No.10 : I Adagio
  22. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in E flat major Op.4 No.10 : II Allegro
  23. Locatelli : Concerto grosso in E flat major Op.4 No.10 : III Minuetto

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Locatelli spent his formative years in Rome, where he laid the foundations of his style. He met Corelli. After his stay in Rome, Locatelli chose the career of an itinerant virtuoso and in just a few years his fame had spread throughout Europe. The years between his departure from Rome in 1723 and his arrival in Amsterdam in 1729 were extremely productive: the concertos forming Op.III, published only in 1733 as Arte del violin would have already formed part of the virtuoso's collection and had been performed in Venice. In Amsterdam, Locatelli devoted himself to publishing collections of works he had composed at different periods, many of them during the years of his European tour. His famous Capricci for solo violin, divided the public and critics of the time between deepest admiration and fullest condemnation of the pieces as pure artifice, but they opened a new horizon for compositions for the violin and anticipated the age of the virtuoso concerto. Apart from Op.III, the three collections of remaining concertos show the stylistic maturity of a composer in touch with very diverse musical styles.
Locatelli's ability to combine the more serious and elaborate elements of the Baroque polyphonic style with elements of cantabile and fantasia of a more modern and freer homophonic scheme enabled him to create original compositions in which we can admire the complex architecture, the vein of melody, the care with which he discovers an orchestral colour that evokes different atmospheres.

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Only knowing Locatelli for his violin music (beautifully recorded by Carmignola and Biondi, among illustrious others), I was unprepared for these superb concertos. Beautifully played by Concerto Köln (perhaps now best known for their work with Uri Caine on his disc of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations), they are a match for any Baroque concerti grossi. This is great music and deserves to be in any collection of baroque music. A gem.
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We've had British performers playing Vivaldi and Bach in a conservative English balanced way, Italian performers playing Bach with Latin fervour, German performers playing Bach with break neck virtuosity, French performers doing Handel's Italian works with Gallic grace, etc etc.

Here is a great German band doing some really very good Italian Baroque concerti grossi in a graceful but orderly way, not too far removed from the Pinnock-like English style with plenty of energy and fine ensemble.

Gorgeous addition to the Locatelli discography, and at a superb price. Definitely worth duplication of some of the pieces if you already have Carmignola or Wallfisch in this repertoire.
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HASH(0x9701acc0) out of 5 stars My favorite album for the past 2 years of commuting -- never gets old! 21 Aug. 2014
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This has been my absolute favorite album for more than two years of commuting. The music has so many parts that there are layers of movement in even the slow movements that can't be "heard" all at once which means that I consciously hear a different combination of parts each time I listen to it. The allegros are crisp and fast -- the way Locatelli must have intended rather than dragged out, plodding or overly dramatic as I've heard in some other recordings.

I absolutely love this album and want more! Locatelli's music could be considered rock music the way it's performed on this album. Fantastic!
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