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Cello Napoletano

Van Diemens Band
Description:
Discover the sparkling musical treasures of old-time Naples, as the new Australian baroque orchestra Van Diemens Band presents its debut album connecting the pristine wilderness and Antarctic gateway of present-day Tasmania with one of eighteenth-century Europes greatest sea ports.

Recorded in the beautiful acoustics of Government House in Hobart, this album unveils a rich and much-neglected artistic culture, where music flourished in churches, courts and academies. At the centre of the album stands Nicola Fiorenza, a composer and violinist with a famously eccentric and hot-blooded temperament, who played for many years in the Orchestra of the Neapolitan Royal Chapel. His Cello Concertos, four of which are presented here, are by turns urgently virtuosic, stunningly rhapsodic, and almost completely unrepresented in recordings until now.

Musicians from leading early-music orchestras throughout the world gathered in Hobart for these sessions, reflecting the sea-faring cosmopolitanism of Hobart and Naples. Julia Fredersdorff, returned to Australia after many years performing and studying in Europe, is the orchestras Artistic Director. The Lake Como-based soloist, Catherine Jones, is one of the most in-demand baroque cellists on the international stage. And the orchestra itself is hand-picked from the most promising players of the new generation as well as the cream of the established crop.

Alongside music by Fiorenza, the album features works by other Neapolitan luminaries: a Sinfonia by Alessandro Scarlatti (another by his son, Domenico, is available as a digital bonus), and a Concerto Grosso by Francesco Geminiani, all of which show the irresistible influence of the art form that was popular in Naples at the time opera.

(Abc Classics) 4816359

Track Listing Extract:
NICOLA FIORENZA (17001764)
14. Cello Concerto in F major
ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI (16601725)
58. Sinfonia to Clori, Dorino e Amore
NICOLA FIORENZA
912. Cello Concerto in B-flat major
FRANCESCO GEMINIANI (16871762)
1315. Concerto grosso in E minor, Op. 3 No. 3
NICOLA FIORENZA
1619. Cello Concerto in D major (with violetta)
2023. Trio Sonata in B minor
2427. Cello Concerto in D major
Catherine Jones cello
Van Diemens Band
Recorded in Government House, Hobart, 913 March 2017


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