Tartini: Violin Concerto in A; Violin Concerto in B minor; Violin Concerto in C; Violin Concerto in A minor; Violin Concerto in F

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COMPOSERS: Tartini
LABELS: Erato
WORKS: Violin Concerto in A; Violin Concerto in B minor; Violin Concerto in C; Violin Concerto in A minor; Violin Concerto in F
PERFORMER: Piero Toso (violin); I Solisti Veneti/Claudio Scimone
CATALOGUE NO: 0630-12988-2 ADD (1971)
Tartini’s understanding of the possibilities of 18th-century violin technique make his richly idiomatic music great fun to play. He also composed many concertos for his own instrument, five of which are included on this splendid recording from 1970. Not even an Italian orchestra would play this music in quite such a Romantic way today, and yet of all Italian violinist-composers, Tartini’s music seems to suffer least from an anachronistically lush approach to the solo lines. Perhaps I was just won over by the eloquence of Piero Toso’s phrasing, which is especially delightful in the slow movements. Stephen Maddock

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