Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671-1750 - 51)

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Donald Macleod examines the few known facts of Albinoni's life.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.

He examines the few known facts of Albinoni's life, most of which was spent in his native Venice.

Despite the lack of biographical information, the composer is an interesting and rather anomalous figure.

He became disengaged from the family playing-card business fairly early on - presumably so that he could concentrate on his music - but he continued to earn from it.

As a result, his status as a composer was said to be that of a dilettante; he wrote music because he wanted to, not because he had to.

Perhaps his comfortable personal circumstances explain the relaxed mood of much of his output.

Adagio in G minor

The London Chamber Orchestra

Christopher Warren-green (music director)

Virgin VCY7910812 Track 13

Dur: 9m48s

Trio Sonata No 3 in A (1794)

Parnassi Musici:

Margaret MacDuffie, Matthias Fischer (violins)

Stephan Schrader (cello)

Marin Lutz (harpsichord)

CPO 999 770-2 Tracks 9-12

Dur: 6m25s

Cantata, Op 4 No 5 (1702)

Barbara Schlick (soprano)

Roderick Shaw (harpsichord)

Nicolas Selo (cello)

Etcetera KTC 207 CD 1 Tracks 10-14

Dur: 9m41s

Sonata a Violino Solo di me Tomaso Albinoni Composta per il Signor Pisendel in B flat, S 32 [? 1716]11:04

La Serenissima:

Adrian Chandler (violin)

Gareth Deats (cello)

Robert Howarth (harpsichord)

Avie AV0018 Tracks 5-8

Concerto in F for two oboes and strings, Op 9 (1722)

Anthony Robson, Catherine Latham (oboes)

Collegium Musicum 90

Simon Standage (director)

Chandos Chan 0602 Tracks 9-11

Dur: 10m27s.

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.

He examines the composer's elusive operatic output - 'elusive' because of more than 50 operas composed by him, only three have survived intact.

Donald also considers the practicalities of staging opera in the early 18th century and speculates about Albinoni's relationship with his younger contemporary, Vivaldi.

Concluding Allegro (Sinfonia in G minor for strings)

Collegium Musicum 90

Simon Standage (director)

Chandos Chan 0602 Tracks 24-26

Dur: 1m50s

Stelle ingrate (Astarto - 1708)

Selvagge amenita (Engelberta - 1709)

Andreas Scholl (countertenor)

Accademia Bizantina

Ottavio Dantone (harpsichord/director)

Decca 475 6569 - Tracks 4, 5

Dur: 3m45s; 3m13s

Il nascimento dell'aurora (c.1710) - excerpts

Dafne....June Anderson (soprano)

I Solisti Veneti

Claudio Scimone (conductor)

Erato 4509-96374-2, CD 2 Tracks 21, 22

Dur: 11m05s

Vien Con Nuova Orribil Guerra (La Statira - 1726)

Arscace....Maria Keohane (soprano)

Niklas Eklund, Jeffrey Segal (baroque trumpets)

Wasa Baroque Ensemble

Naxos 8.555099 Track 16

Dur: 5m33s

Il concilio de'pianeti (1729) - excerpts from Part 1

Mars....Luca Dordolo (tenor)

Eternita....Sylva Pozzer (soprano)

Ensemble Strumentale Albalonga

Annibale Cetrangolo (director)

Warner Fonit 8573 81485-2, CD 1 Tracks 4, 5

Dur: 9m25s

Vespetta e Pimpinone (1708) Intermezzo Terzo

Vespetta....Edit Karoly (soprano)

Pimpinone....Viktor Massanyi (baritone)

Savaria Baroque Orchestra

Pal Nemeth (conductor)

Hungaroton HCD 32006 Tracks 10-15

Dur: 10m58s.

Donald Macleod explores Albinoni's operatic output.

Only three of them survivied intact.

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Donald Macleod considers Albinoni's important role in the development of the concerto.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.

He considers Albinoni's important role in the development of the concerto form; his Opus 2 collection was the first by any Italian composer to make a serious impact north of the Alps.

Bach himself took the trouble to copy the second concerto by hand.

Concerto in F for strings, Op 10 No 7 (3rd mvt - Allegro) - 1735/6

I Solisti Veneti

Claudio Simone (conductor)

Erato 0630-11222-2, CD 2 Tr 3

Dur: 1m55s

Sonata No 2 in C (Sinfonie e concerti a cinque, Op 2) - 1700

Ensemble 415

Chiara Banchini (director)

Zigzag ZZT090202 Trs 1-4

Dur: 10m39s

Concerto No 2 in E minor (Sinfonie e concerti a cinque, Op 2) - 1700

Insieme Strumentale di Roma

Giorgio Sasso (director)

Stradivarius STR 33519 Trs 12-16

Concerto in G for violin (?1716, ?ed.

Pisendel)

L'Orfeo Ensemble

Fabrizio Ammetto (solo violin/director)

Bongiovanni GB 5608-2 Trs 20-22

Dur: 8m38s

Concerto in D minor for oboe and strings, Op 9 No 2 (1722)

Han de Vries (oboe)

Alma Musica Amsterdam

Bob van Asperen (director)

Virgin 7243 5 61878 2 Trs 1-3

Dur: 11m32s

Concerto in D for strings, Op 9 No 7 (1722)

Collegium Musicum 90

Simon Standage (director)

Chandos Chan 0610 Tracks 7-9

Dur: 11m25s.

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.

He focuses on Albinoni's small but elegant catalogue of chamber music.

He also considers the state of music publishing in the early 1700s, when piracy was rife and new, north-European technology was changing the face of the music world.

Trio Sonata No 12 in B flat (1694) - 4th mvt: Presto

Parnassi Musici:

Margaret MacDuffie, Matthias Fischer (violins)

Stephan Schrader (cello)

Marin Lutz (organ)

CPO 999 770-2 Track 48

Dur: 1m04s

Sonata in G minor, Op 4 No 5 (1708)

The Locatelli Trio:

Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)

Richad Tunnicliffe (cello)

Paul Nicholson (organ)

Hyperion CDD22048, CD 1 Trs 29-32

Dur: 10m23s

Sonata in A minor for flute and continuo, Op 6 No 6

Barthold Kuijken (flute)

Wieland Kuijken (cello)

Robert Kohnen (harpsichord)

Dur: 9m33s

Trio Sonata No 2 in F (1694)

CPO 999 770-2 Trs 5-8

Dur: 7m24s

Cantata, Op 4 No 9 (1702)

Barbara Schlick (soprano)

Roderick Shaw (harpsichord)

Nicolas Selo (cello)

Etcetera KTC 207, CD 1 Tracks 19-22

Dur: 9m41s

Sonata in G for violin and continuo, Op 6 No 9 (1711)

Richard Tunnicliffe (cello)

Paul Nicholson (harpsichord)

Hyperion CDD22048, CD 1 Tracks 21-24

Dur: 10m17s.

Donald Macleod explores Albinoni's small but elegant catalogue of chamber music.

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Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.

He considers the many patrons Albinoni had to ingratiate during his long composing career, from the Marquis of Castelar to Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor.

Viva il nome, viva il giorno (Il nome glorioso in terra - closing chorus); sanctificato in cielo (1724)

Climene....Isabelle Poulenard (soprano)

Cidippe....Dominique Visse (countertenor)

Florigello....John Elwes (tenor)

Ensemble Baroque de Nice

Gilbert Bezzina (conductor)

Adda 581090 Tr 25

Dur: 1m48s

Sonata No 4 in C minor (Sinfonie e concerti a cinque, Op 2) - 1700

Ensemble 415

Chiara Banchini (director)

Zigzag ZZT090202 Tracks 9-12

Dur: 8m17s

Concerto in B flat for oboe and strings in B flat, Op 7 No 3 (1715)

Anthony Robson (oboe)

Collegium Musicum 90

Simon Standage (director)

Chandos Chan 0579 Tracks 1-3

Dur: 7m34s

Concerto in F for strings, Op 5 No 8

Chandos CHAN 0663 Tracks 22-24

Dur: 7m51s

Il nome glorioso in terra, sanctificato in cielo (1724) - opening of Pt 2

Isabelle Poulenard (soprano)

Florigello....Dominique Visse John Elwes (tenor)

Adda 581090 Tracks 14-17

Dur: 11m37s

Concerto in G minor for strings, Op 10 No 8 (1735/6)

I Solisti Veneti

Claudio Simone (conductor)

Erato 0630-11222-2, CD 2 Tracks 4-6

Dur: 10m51s.

Donald Macleod considers the many patrons Albinoni had to ingratiate during his career.