Classical The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. Tue, 07 Dec 2021 06:32:42 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb G. B. Viotti: Violin Concerto No. 23 - Sinfonie Concertanti (1998) G. B. Viotti: Violin Concerto No. 23 - Sinfonie Concertanti (1998)

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Violin Concerto No. 23 in G Major
1.   		I. Allegro 00:12:19
2.   		II. Andante 00:05:50
3.   		III. Allegro 00:08:52

Violin Sinfonia Concertante No. 1 in F Major
4.   		I. Allegro brillante 00:12:13
5.   		II. Adagio non tanto 00:05:55
6.   		III. Rondo: (Allegro) 00:07:47

Violin Sinfonia Concertante No. 2 in B-Flat Major
7.   		I. Allegro maestoso 00:10:34
8.   		II. Rondo: (Allegro) 00:08:59

Roberto Baraldi, violin
Alberto Martini, violin
Mauro Ranieri, violin
Accademia i Filarmonici
Aldo Sisillo – conductor


Giovanni Battista Viotti, (born May 12, 1755, Fontanetto da Po, Piedmont—died March 3, 1824, London), Italian violinist and composer, principal founder of the 19th-century school of violin playing.

In 1766 Viotti went to Turin, where he studied with the virtuoso Gaetano Pugnani after 1770. He travelled with Pugnani in Germany, Poland, and Russia and made his debut in Paris as a violinist in 1782. He became court musician to Marie-Antoinette and established himself as a teacher and opera impresario. In 1792 he went to London, where he conducted Italian operas and appeared as soloist in his own violin concerti at the Salomon Concerts. Accused of Jacobin sympathies, he went to Germany in 1798 but had returned to London by 1801 to resume his wine business, continuing to perform and compose privately as well. Following the failure of the business, he worked in Paris as director of the Italian opera from 1819 to 1822, after which he returned to London.

Viotti greatly developed the violin concerto, using the sonata form and a skilled orchestration. He wrote 29 violin concerti, of which No. 22 in A Minor became especially well known after Joseph Joachim revived it in the 1870s; 10 piano concerti, some of them transcriptions of the violin concerti; and string quartets and other chamber works. ---

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Viotti - Trios & Serenades (1995) Viotti - Trios & Serenades (1995)

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01] Trio 2 In E Major Cw.14: Moderato Con Espressione
02] Trio 2 In E Major Cw.14: Andante Con Un Poco Di Moto
03] Trio 2 In E Major Cw.14: Allegretto
04] Trio 3 In G Major Cw.15: Allegro Vivace E Risoluto
05] Trio 3 In G Major Cw.15: Andante Con Espressione
06] Trio 3 In G Major Cw.15: Presto
07] Serenata 1 In A Major Cw.31: Andante-Menuetto
08] Serenata 1 In A Major Cw.31: Andante
09] Serenata 1 In A Major Cw.31: Andante-Allegretto
10] Serenata 2 In D Major Cw.32: Andante
11] Serenata 2 In D Major Cw.32: Andante
12] Serenata 2 In D Major Cw.32: Allegretto
13] Serenata 2 In D Major Cw.32: Con Moto E Grazia
14] Serenata 2 In D Major Cw.32: Sustenuto-Allegro
15] Serenata 3 In G Major Cw.33: Andante-Menuetto
16] Serenata 3 In G Major Cw.33: Andante-Allegretto
17] Serenata 3 In G Major Cw.33: Allegretto
18] Serenata 3 In G Major Cw.33: Allegretto-Andante-Presto

Trio L'Arte dell'Arco:
Giovanni Guglielmo - violinko
Federico Guglielmo - violin
Pietro Bosna - cello


Italian violinist and composer G.B. Viotti was one of the seminal figures in the development of the modern school of violin playing. Although his career as a composer was rather overshadowed by his prestige as a virtuoso, Viotti's music was held in very high regard by his contemporaries, and several later composers show his influence.

Viotti was born into a lower-class household in the year 1755. As a result of his impressive musical talent, the boy received an education -- musical and otherwise -- in the household of Prince Alfonso of Turin, and, by 1770, was considered ripe for apprenticeship to the legendary violinist Gaetano Pugnani. After serving as a violinist in the orchestra of the royal chapel in Turin from 1775 to 1780, Viotti accompanied Pugnani on an extensive concert tour of Switzerland, Germany, Poland and Russia. By 1781, however, Viotti had grown uncomfortable with being billed as Pugnani's pupil and he journeyed to Paris alone, making his professional début there the following year.

Although he quickly established himself as one of Europe's pre-eminent violinists, Viotti retired from active concertizing in 1783 to accept a position with the court of Marie Antoinette at Versailles. After 1788 his interests turned increasingly towards opera, and he served for four seasons as director of the newly formed Théâtre de Monsieur. Although the new company was a success, by 1792 the Revolution had made further productions impossible, and Viotti relocated to London. Re-establishing himself as an active violinist, Viotti served as both soloist and director of a number of British ensembles (including acting as opera manager at King's Theatre from 1794-1795) until the British government began to suspect him of political treachery, and he was forced to flee to Hamburg in 1798.

By 1801 Viotti's name had been cleared, but upon his return to London he retired from concertizing to devote himself to the administration of a wine business. By 1818 the business had gone bankrupt and Viotti was forced to take over as director of the Paris Opéra to pay off his debts. His tenure, however, was an unhappy one and he retired from the post, still deeply in debt, in 1821. He died in 1824 while visiting some friends in London.

While the number of violin pupils Viotti actually taught is rather small, several of the most influential players of the day, including Kreutzer and Baillot, considered themselves to be his disciples. The 29 violin concertos remain Viotti's most significant contribution as a composer, and it is in these works that his true compositional prowess is revealed (the many chamber works and vocal arias being, by comparison, relatively uninspired). The last ten concertos, in particular, begin to approach the Romantic idiom, and it is clear that Viotti's idiomatic figurations and noble lyricism made an impact on Beethoven's conception of the violin concerto. Of particular note is the Concerto No.22 in A minor, which Brahms hailed as a masterpiece and used as a model in the composition of his own concerto for the instrument.

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Viotti, Manfredini – Piano Concerto (Felicja Blumental) [1994] Viotti, Manfredini – Piano Concerto (Felicja Blumental) [1994]

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Giovanni Battista Viotti - Piano concerto in g-minor
1. Piano Concerto in G minor - I. Allegro maestoso    [0:18:02.47]
2. Piano Concerto in G minor - II. Adagio non troppo    [0:08:19.63]
3. Piano Concerto in G minor - III. Rondo    [0:11:58.27]

Vincenzo Manfredini - Piano concerto in B-flat Major
4. Piano Concerto in B flat major - I. Allegro    [0:05:06.08]
5. Piano Concerto in B flat major - II. Grave    [0:11:06.50]
6. Piano Concerto in B flat major - III. Allegro    [0:08:25.72]

Felicja Blumental - piano
Torino Symphony Orchestra 
Alberto Zedda – conductor  (1-3)
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg 
Michi Inoue - conductor  (4-6)


This out of print 1994 Dureco Benelux CD holds performances by Felicja Blumental of two piano concertos from 18th-century Italy. Well, the Concerto in G minor of Giovanni Battista Viotti (1755 - 1824) is actually an arrangement by German pianist/composer Daniel Steibelt of Viotti's Violin Concerto . If it seems a dubious notion to shift a work for the lyrical stringed instrument on which it's tough to play more than two notes at a time to a staccato one that can handle several times as many simultaneous notes, let me remind you that no less a composer than Beethoven published a piano version of his own violin concerto! It's true that the pianist's material is much more full of runs and trills than of chords, but Steibelt's version is pretty idiomatic, and the material in this (huge - over 38 minutes!) concerto is pretty in a Mozartean vein. I'm actually more fond of it than the actual piano concerto on the disc, the B-flat Major of Vincenzo Manfredini (1737 - 1799), an early-Classical whose material is far simpler, almost nursery-rhymish at times. In the former concerto Alberto Zedda leads the Torino Symphony Orchestra; in the latter M. Inoue leads the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg. ---

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