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Dall' Abaco - Concertos Op 5
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 September 2017
The Verona composer Evaristo Dall’Abaco (1675-1742) was more limited in the volume of his output than near contemporaries such as Torelli, Albinoni, Vivaldi and Tartini. Nevertheless the quality of his instrumental music readily stands comparison with theirs, and this set of six Concerti à più Istrumenti, opus 5, is an excellent illustration of his abilities. It is played here by the Verona-based period ensemble Il Tempio Armonico, who have made a speciality of performing and recording the works of this very fine composer. This is a very talented group of around fifteen players, directed with great spirit and style by Alberto Rasi.

The six concertos are mostly in five-movement ‘concerto grosso’ format, scored for strings and with parts also for oboe, flutes and bassoon. Numbers 3 and 5 are concertos for solo instruments, the first for two flutes and the second for solo oboe. This is sunny, tuneful music, with plenty of variety in pace and texture, some including French-style dance movements. This is a disc full of enjoyable, uplifting music, with many strongly characterised movements and passages. The closing ‘Allegro assai’ from concerto no. 1, for example, dashes along like an express train. My favourite is probably no. 6, with its lovely middle Ciaccona movement.

The director and his players clearly love this music and play with great spirit and affection. Tempi and textures are perfect, and direction is first-class. Recorded sound and booklet notes are excellent. Altogether this is an extremely enjoyable and rewarding disc and, by a small margin, my favourite among the recordings of Dall’Abaco’s music that I’ve heard so far.
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on 10 May 2014
A superb recording of a music by a seriously underrated composer. I heard a track on BBC one morning - a revelation. A composer whose music deserves more recognition and performance. It's remarkably eloborate and well executed composition. Dall'Abaco is not a poor man's Vivaldi, and in my view is equal to the best of Telemann. I seriously recommend this CD.
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on 26 September 2007
If you're looking for something original baroque music, Dall'Abaco is your man. It's hard to understand how such music has been so neglected. There is a hint of Vivaldi, but Dall'Abaco has his own voice. One of the best discoveries lately, along with a cd with music by Brescianello. Good playing from the orchestra, the sound just a bit too reverberant. But this is a disc to enjoy. Recommended.
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