Francesco Maria Veracini – Complete Sonate Accademiche – Trio Settecento (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Francesco Maria Veracini – Complete Sonate Accademiche – Trio Settecento (2015)
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Recorded: Sonatas 7–11: August 21–23, 2013; Sonatas 1–6, 12, and Canone: August 4
and 6–10, 2014, in Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago, Evanston, Illinois

Francesco Maria Veracini (1690–1768) was the foremost figure in a generation of renowned virtuosi, including Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770), Pietro Locatelli (1695–1764), and Jean-Marie Leclair (1697–1764), who revolutionized the art of violin playing in the early 18th century. All four of these figures dazzled audiences throughout Europe with their astonishing performances. They raised the bar for instrumental soloists with their prolific production of fine and difficult music for the violin, works that daringly expanded the compass of expression and acrobatic performance on the instrument. Veracini’s place as leader of this violinistic ‘rat pack’ ism suggested by the fact that both Locatelli and Tartini, though only slightly younger, took inspiration from his playing and teaching, and Leclair’s path-breaking mature works are in turn, indebted to Locatelli. Veracini’s achievement is crowned and his legacy best preserved in his Opus 2 of 1744, the set of twelve Sonate Accademiche, a work of uniquely varied inspiration and majestic scope.

Appearing after a 23-year gestation (Opus 1 was published in 1721), the sonatas of Veracini’s Opus 2 represent a zenith of the genre, on a scale of sheer length attempted never before and not soon after. These sonatas are fully half again as long as their nearest rivals (the sonatas of Tartini and Locatelli) and they explode the possibilities of the genre, essaying a variety of designs and content unlike any other sonata collection of the era.

Trio Settecento, the “superlative Chicago-based early music ensemble” (Gramophone) presents Italian Baroque composer Francesco Maria Veracini’s monumental Opus 2 Sonate Accademiche for violin and continuo. It’s a cosmopolitan collection of 12 sonatas of breathtaking scope and pan-European influences — a set of sonatas unlike any other of the era. Veracini’s Sonate Accedemiche is both an homage to his fellow-countryman Arcangelo Corelli and an original masterpiece in its own right.
Billboard chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine, “one of the rare mainstream performers with a total grasp of Baroque style and embellishment” (Fanfare) and her colleagues in Trio Settecento, cellist John Mark Rozendaal, and harpsichordist David Schrader, bring their “refreshing, life-enhancing Baroque playing” (Chicago Tribune) to these sonatas infused with melodies imported from Scotland, Dalmatia, Poland, the Canary Islands, and rural France.

Francesco Maria Veracini (1690–1768)
Complete Sonate Accademiche
Sonatas for Violin and Continuo, Op. 2
Sonata No. 1 in D major (18:06)
Sonata No. 2 in B-flat major (16:38)
Sonata No. 3 in C major (15:01)
Sonata No. 4 in F major (14:14)
Sonata No. 5 in G minor (14:21)
Sonata No. 6 in A major (20:30)
Sonata No. 7 in D minor (15:30)
Sonata No. 8 in E minor (12:37)
Sonata No. 9 in A major (13:04)
Sonata No. 10 in F major (13:09)
Sonata No. 11 in E minor (17:22)
Sonata No. 12 in D minor (12:45)

Trio Settecento:
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba
David Schrader, harpsichord