ITALY IN SPAIN | Violin Sonatas in late 18th-century Madrid

ITALY IN SPAIN: Violin Sonatas in late 18th-century Madrid
Concerto 1700
Daniel Pinteño, artistic direction

Daniel Pinteño, violin
Ester Domingo, violoncello
Alfonso Sebastián, harpsichord
Ramiro Morales, baroque guitar

Booklet in Spanish, English, French & German

Total timing: 70:33
1700 Classics, 170002 (2019)

14,88 € tax incl.

Nowadays, the Spanish National Library holds dozens of violin sonata collections by Italian composers published in London, Amsterdam or Berlin in the 1760s and 1770s. Their authors' names might be unknown to a music lover nowadays but were well known by the public in their time. So much so that it is easy to find references to Italian violinists like Tartini, Borghi, Nardini, Ferrari or Barbella in concert chronicles and advertisements published by then-recent Madrid press in the second half of the 18th-century.

The question that arises is: how did these sonatas get here? The crucial clue to understanding how all these Italian collections came to Madrid is given by the seal of the Library of the Royal Palace of Madrid, which can be seen in the covers of all them. One can thus infer that these were collections that English, French, Dutch and German publishers periodically sent motu proprio to the Spanish court as a sample of the musical novelties that were being printed in other countries. Although one might also ask: were they ever played in court? It is a difficult question to answer, but in any case, these scores represented an open window to what was happening in the European music scene, a compilation of the tendencies and the great changes in style that were taking place at that time. For a short while, the last echoes of the Baroque, the Galant style and the first appearances of Classicism coexisted. This program gathers a small but representative sample of this important material composed between 1760 and 1777. An exciting journey through an imaginary border that gathers two thrilling times that are yet to be studied in depth is thus started.


Emanuele Barbella (1718  1777)
Sonata VI from Six Solos for a Violin and Bass […] Dedicated to Arch. Menzies of Culdares (ca.1765)

Pietro Nardini (1722 – 1793)
Sonata IV from Six Solos for the Violin with a bass Op. 5 (1769)

Eligio Celestino (1739 – 1812)
Sonata IV from Six Solos for the Violin and a bass for the harpsichord or Violoncello Op. 2 (1774)

Luigi Borghi (ca.1745 – ca.1806)
Sonata IV from Six Solos for a Violin and Bass Op. 1 (1772)

Felice Giardini (1716  1796)
Sonata II from Six Solos for the Violin and a Bass Op. 19 (1777)

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