"Fabulous, life-enhancing stuff; music of charm and sophistication in superbly polished performances. Five stars.
Delving into this impeccable release, the listener is greeted with music and performances of freshness and joy... The performance is superb. The true chamber music nature of the performances coupled with a sense of nobility and gentilité are remarkable. Listening… confirms the special nature of this music, and of these performances.
..The care the performers lavish on dynamics is utterly remarkable, all caught in a supportive acoustic (the finest compliment I can give the recording is that one does not notice it; attention is purely on the revelations provided by the music with no distractions)." – Fanfare, Colin Clarke
This is the world premiere recording of Tommaso Giordani’s Sonatas for Fortepiano, Viola da Gamba, and Violin, Op. 30, published in 1782. These stunning and virtuosic works are almost unknown today and yet represent some of the finest music composed for the viola da gamba. Dedicated to Viscountess Lavinia Spencer, herself a gamba player, the sonatas deserve wider recognition as wonderfully lyrical, inventive, and forward-looking music of the classical period.
An ensemble of leading early music specialists, the Luchkow-Stadlen-Jarvis Trio specializes in researching, performing, and recording 17th- and 18th-Century repertoire for violin, viola da gamba, and continuo.
The music is performed by Paul Luchkow violin; Sam Stadlen viola da gamba; and Michael Jarvis fortepiano. Michael Jarvis died in December 2020.
Catalog: MAR 495
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Tommaso Giordani Op. 30 Sonatas
Sonata I in G major
1. i) Allegro
2. ii) Largo
3. iii) Minuetto Affettuoso
Sonata II in D major
4. i) Allegro Spiritoso
5. ii) Larghetto e Sostenuto
6. iii) Allegretto e Spiritoso (Listen)
Sonata III in Bb major
7. i) Allegro Moderato
8. ii) Larghetto Sostenuto
9. iii) Rondo. Allegretto
Sonata in D major, Op. 1, no. 1
10. i) Andante
11. ii) Allegro
Total playing time: 58:00