The Italian Avant-garde

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19980704

The violin is said to have been invented in Brescia, and it was in the hands of the radical composers and players of 17th-century Italy that it rapidly developed as an instrument of great virtuosity and expressiveness. In the first of three programmes, Andrew Manze introduces music by some of these little-known but influential men and performs it with fellow members of Romanesca - Nigel North (theorbo/guitar) and John Toll (harpsichord/organ) - together with soprano Clara Sanabras. This programme includes music by Rognoni, Cima, Fontana, Monteverdi, Corradini, Merula and Caccini.

0119980718

Andrew Manze introduces a final programme of pieces by some of the most innovative figures in the early history of the violin and performs them with fellow members of Romanesca: Nigel North (theorbo/guitar) and John Toll (harpsichord/organ). Composers include Pandolfi, Ferro, Viviani, Albertino and Matteis.

0219980711

Andrew Manze introduces the second of three programmes of pieces by some of the most innovative figures in the early history of the violin and performs them with fellow members of Romanesca: Nigel North (theorbo/guitar) and John Toll (harpsichord/organ). This week's composers include Mannelli, Berardi, Veracini, Lonati and Marini.