NEAPOLITAN CELLO CONCERTOS Leo, Fiorenza, De Majo, Sollima
I Turchini Antonio Florio
Giovanni Sollima, violoncello
I TurchiniAntonio Florio
Total playing time: 71:56 Recorded in Naples (Sala del Vasari, Chiesa di S. Anna dei Lombardi) in September 2011 Engineered and produced by Matteo Costa Design: Valentín Iglesias Booklet essay: Dinko FabrisEnglish - Français - Deutsch - Italiano
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NEAPOLITAN CELLO CONCERTOSLeo, Fiorenza, De Majo, Sollima
Leonardo Leo (1694-1744) Concerto di violoncello con violini (D minor) – Naples, 1738 01 Andante grazioso 02 Presto con spirito 03 Amoroso 04 Allegro
Nicola Fiorenza (c.1700-1764) Concerto per violoncello ed archi (Bb major) – Naples, 1728 05 Largo 06 Allegro 07 Largo 08 Allegro
Giovanni Sollima (1962) “Fecit Neap. 17..” per violoncello, archi e continuo – Naples, 2011 dedicated to Antonio Florio
Nicola Fiorenza Sinfonia a 4 violini e basso continuo (C minor) – Naples, c.1730-40 10 Largo 11 Fuga 12 Largo 13 Allegro
Giuseppe de Majo (1697-1777) Concerto per violoncello ed archi (F major) – Naples, 1726 14 Comodo 15 Grave 16 Allegro
About this CD
Giovanni Sollima has been successfully pursuing a twin career as cellist and as a composer and it is in both capacities that the Palermo-born musician appears now on a new recording from Glossa. Sollima teams up with I Turchini of Antonio Florio in a captivating demonstration of virtuoso concerto treasures from Leonardo Leo, Giuseppe de Majo and Nicola Fiorenza. The quality of their committed music-making is underscored by Dinko Fabris who, in an accompanying essay, provides yet another lucid exposition of a musical climate unknown to many.
Giovanni Sollima’s empathy with the spirit of the 18th century concerto allows him not only to provide – and to play masterfully – elegantly appropriate cadenzas for the works of his forebears but to compose a modern work comfortable and at ease with its Neapolitan past (and entitled “Fecit Neap. 17..”, mirroring the frequentlyfound ascription found on manuscripts in the 18th century).
With a solo cellist in Giovanni Sollima, who is equally at home in the musical worlds of Patti Smith, Claudio Abbado and Philip Glass, and a director in Antonio Florio, who is equipped with his own masterful overview of Neapolitan music from the Baroque onwards, this new disc was recorded in a venue, the old Santa Anna dei Lombardi monastery complex in the heart of Naples, which serves to point up how powerful a forging ground for cello music Naples was from the end of the 17th century and into the 18th, as well as in our own time.