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0120091207Donald Macleod examines the few known facts of Albinoni's life.
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.
He examines the few known facts of Albinoni's life, most of which was spent in his native Venice.
Despite the lack of biographical information, the composer is an interesting and rather anomalous figure.
He became disengaged from the family playing-card business fairly early on - presumably so that he could concentrate on his music - but he continued to earn from it.
As a result, his status as a composer was said to be that of a dilettante; he wrote music because he wanted to, not because he had to.
Perhaps his comfortable personal circumstances explain the relaxed mood of much of his output.
Adagio in G minor
The London Chamber Orchestra
Christopher Warren-green (music director)
Virgin VCY7910812 Track 13
Dur: 9m48s
Trio Sonata No 3 in A (1794)
Parnassi Musici:
Margaret MacDuffie, Matthias Fischer (violins)
Stephan Schrader (cello)
Marin Lutz (harpsichord)
CPO 999 770-2 Tracks 9-12
Dur: 6m25s
Cantata, Op 4 No 5 (1702)
Barbara Schlick (soprano)
Roderick Shaw (harpsichord)
Nicolas Selo (cello)
Etcetera KTC 207 CD 1 Tracks 10-14
Dur: 9m41s
Sonata a Violino Solo di me Tomaso Albinoni Composta per il Signor Pisendel in B flat, S 32 [? 1716]11:04
La Serenissima:
Adrian Chandler (violin)
Gareth Deats (cello)
Robert Howarth (harpsichord)
Avie AV0018 Tracks 5-8
Concerto in F for two oboes and strings, Op 9 (1722)
Anthony Robson, Catherine Latham (oboes)
Collegium Musicum 90
Simon Standage (director)
Chandos Chan 0602 Tracks 9-11
Dur: 10m27s.
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0220091208Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.
He examines the composer's elusive operatic output - 'elusive' because of more than 50 operas composed by him, only three have survived intact.
Donald also considers the practicalities of staging opera in the early 18th century and speculates about Albinoni's relationship with his younger contemporary, Vivaldi.
Concluding Allegro (Sinfonia in G minor for strings)
Collegium Musicum 90
Simon Standage (director)
Chandos Chan 0602 Tracks 24-26
Dur: 1m50s
Stelle ingrate (Astarto - 1708)
Selvagge amenita (Engelberta - 1709)
Andreas Scholl (countertenor)
Accademia Bizantina
Ottavio Dantone (harpsichord/director)
Decca 475 6569 - Tracks 4, 5
Dur: 3m45s; 3m13s
Il nascimento dell'aurora (c.1710) - excerpts
Dafne....June Anderson (soprano)
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone (conductor)
Erato 4509-96374-2, CD 2 Tracks 21, 22
Dur: 11m05s
Vien Con Nuova Orribil Guerra (La Statira - 1726)
Arscace....Maria Keohane (soprano)
Niklas Eklund, Jeffrey Segal (baroque trumpets)
Wasa Baroque Ensemble
Naxos 8.555099 Track 16
Dur: 5m33s
Il concilio de'pianeti (1729) - excerpts from Part 1
Mars....Luca Dordolo (tenor)
Eternita....Sylva Pozzer (soprano)
Ensemble Strumentale Albalonga
Annibale Cetrangolo (director)
Warner Fonit 8573 81485-2, CD 1 Tracks 4, 5
Dur: 9m25s
Vespetta e Pimpinone (1708) Intermezzo Terzo
Vespetta....Edit Karoly (soprano)
Pimpinone....Viktor Massanyi (baritone)
Savaria Baroque Orchestra
Pal Nemeth (conductor)
Hungaroton HCD 32006 Tracks 10-15
Dur: 10m58s.
Donald Macleod explores Albinoni's operatic output.
Only three of them survivied intact.
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0320091209Donald Macleod considers Albinoni's important role in the development of the concerto.
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.
He considers Albinoni's important role in the development of the concerto form; his Opus 2 collection was the first by any Italian composer to make a serious impact north of the Alps.
Bach himself took the trouble to copy the second concerto by hand.
Concerto in F for strings, Op 10 No 7 (3rd mvt - Allegro) - 1735/6
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Simone (conductor)
Erato 0630-11222-2, CD 2 Tr 3
Dur: 1m55s
Sonata No 2 in C (Sinfonie e concerti a cinque, Op 2) - 1700
Ensemble 415
Chiara Banchini (director)
Zigzag ZZT090202 Trs 1-4
Dur: 10m39s
Concerto No 2 in E minor (Sinfonie e concerti a cinque, Op 2) - 1700
Insieme Strumentale di Roma
Giorgio Sasso (director)
Stradivarius STR 33519 Trs 12-16
Concerto in G for violin (?1716, ?ed.
Pisendel)
L'Orfeo Ensemble
Fabrizio Ammetto (solo violin/director)
Bongiovanni GB 5608-2 Trs 20-22
Dur: 8m38s
Concerto in D minor for oboe and strings, Op 9 No 2 (1722)
Han de Vries (oboe)
Alma Musica Amsterdam
Bob van Asperen (director)
Virgin 7243 5 61878 2 Trs 1-3
Dur: 11m32s
Concerto in D for strings, Op 9 No 7 (1722)
Collegium Musicum 90
Simon Standage (director)
Chandos Chan 0610 Tracks 7-9
Dur: 11m25s.
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0420091210Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.
He focuses on Albinoni's small but elegant catalogue of chamber music.
He also considers the state of music publishing in the early 1700s, when piracy was rife and new, north-European technology was changing the face of the music world.
Trio Sonata No 12 in B flat (1694) - 4th mvt: Presto
Parnassi Musici:
Margaret MacDuffie, Matthias Fischer (violins)
Stephan Schrader (cello)
Marin Lutz (organ)
CPO 999 770-2 Track 48
Dur: 1m04s
Sonata in G minor, Op 4 No 5 (1708)
The Locatelli Trio:
Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Richad Tunnicliffe (cello)
Paul Nicholson (organ)
Hyperion CDD22048, CD 1 Trs 29-32
Dur: 10m23s
Sonata in A minor for flute and continuo, Op 6 No 6
Barthold Kuijken (flute)
Wieland Kuijken (cello)
Robert Kohnen (harpsichord)
Dur: 9m33s
Trio Sonata No 2 in F (1694)
CPO 999 770-2 Trs 5-8
Dur: 7m24s
Cantata, Op 4 No 9 (1702)
Barbara Schlick (soprano)
Roderick Shaw (harpsichord)
Nicolas Selo (cello)
Etcetera KTC 207, CD 1 Tracks 19-22
Dur: 9m41s
Sonata in G for violin and continuo, Op 6 No 9 (1711)
Richard Tunnicliffe (cello)
Paul Nicholson (harpsichord)
Hyperion CDD22048, CD 1 Tracks 21-24
Dur: 10m17s.
Donald Macleod explores Albinoni's small but elegant catalogue of chamber music.
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05 LAST20091211Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.
He considers the many patrons Albinoni had to ingratiate during his long composing career, from the Marquis of Castelar to Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor.
Viva il nome, viva il giorno (Il nome glorioso in terra - closing chorus); sanctificato in cielo (1724)
Climene....Isabelle Poulenard (soprano)
Cidippe....Dominique Visse (countertenor)
Florigello....John Elwes (tenor)
Ensemble Baroque de Nice
Gilbert Bezzina (conductor)
Adda 581090 Tr 25
Dur: 1m48s
Sonata No 4 in C minor (Sinfonie e concerti a cinque, Op 2) - 1700
Ensemble 415
Chiara Banchini (director)
Zigzag ZZT090202 Tracks 9-12
Dur: 8m17s
Concerto in B flat for oboe and strings in B flat, Op 7 No 3 (1715)
Anthony Robson (oboe)
Collegium Musicum 90
Simon Standage (director)
Chandos Chan 0579 Tracks 1-3
Dur: 7m34s
Concerto in F for strings, Op 5 No 8
Chandos CHAN 0663 Tracks 22-24
Dur: 7m51s
Il nome glorioso in terra, sanctificato in cielo (1724) - opening of Pt 2
Isabelle Poulenard (soprano)
Florigello....Dominique Visse John Elwes (tenor)
Adda 581090 Tracks 14-17
Dur: 11m37s
Concerto in G minor for strings, Op 10 No 8 (1735/6)
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Simone (conductor)
Erato 0630-11222-2, CD 2 Tracks 4-6
Dur: 10m51s.
Donald Macleod considers the many patrons Albinoni had to ingratiate during his career.

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