COV 91923

“No other master equaled him in tone; the sweetness and singing of his violin sound; his fine and elegant taste; his perfection in tempo and intonation (…)”. What contemporaries attest to the violin playing of Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762) applies without restriction to his compositions, which are still far too little known. He attached less importance to virtuoso effects à la Vivaldi, but rather to the “melodic grace and adornment” à la Corelli, so much appreciated in his adopted country England. Some of the delicate chamber music treasures are presented here by the Ensemble Apollo’s Cabinet.

Tracklist
Francesco Geminiani
1. A Prelude: Example II 1:47
2. Sonata II: The Bush aboon Traquair 4:26
3. What shall I do? Variations upon a subject by H. Purcell 13:25
4. Johann Adolf Hasse: Solfeggio III 4:37
Sonata Prima:
5. Adagio / Lentement 5:57
6. Allegro / Gayment 4:57
7. Largo 2:36
8. Allegro assai / Vivement 2:35
9. The Lass of Peaty’s Mill – Song I 3:45
10. An English tune – Variations 9:13
11. Johann Adolf Hasse: Solfeggio I 3:45
12. An Interlude: Example I 1:24
Sonata Quinta:
13. Andante / Tendrement 6:03
14. Presto / Vivement 4:33
15. Allegro affettuoso / Gracieusement – Non Tanto / Tendrement 3:56
16. O Bessy Bell and Mary Gray – Song IV 2:19
Total time: 1:15:23
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