Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Locatelli, Pietro Antonio. (1695-1764) Violin Sonatas, CD 6 & 7.

New acquisition.
Bought in October 2016.
First listen: Both Volume 6 & 7: 8-3-2017.
Second listen CD 6: 2-11-2017.
Second listen CD 7: 15-11-2017.
Label: Brilliant.
CD 6&7 from 21.
Recording dates: CD 6, October/November 2011 & January 2012. 
Recording dates: CD 7, As CD 6.
Recording venue: Westvestkerk, Schiedam, The Netherlands.
Recording engineer: Peter Arts.
Running time: 61:16 & 50:30.

Works performed:
CD 6.
Sonata in D minor, Opus 6, No. 12.
In G minor (No opus number provided.)
Opus 8, No. 1/2/3.

CD 7.
Opus 8, No. 4/5/6.

Performed by:
Igor Ruhadze, Violin.
Mark Dupere, Cello.
Vaughan Schlepp, Harpsichord.

Locatelli's Violin Sonatas are fiendishly difficult to play. Even for a musician that has all the technical accomplishments to offer brilliance, Locatelli could be his downfall. That is also the reason that they are not too often recorded or performed in the concert hall. Ruhadze plays them as if there is no problem at all, and there is not, for him, although there are some tiny awkward moments here and there, that clearly shows that even Ruhadze can get into trouble. Locatelli was known for his artistry on the Violin, and he made sure that nothing he composed was easy to play.
Anyway I enjoyed this big monster of a box so far, and will place these interpretation in the front line of my recommendations. And that also goes for the recordings for they are superb. A tiny blemish on CD 6 were the violin is placed more prominently in front of the others musicians. The cello you can hear throughout, but it's the harpsichord that suffers a bit in the process.
Never mind, that's nit picking. It is well worth your consideration, especially for the low price of this Brilliant box.

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