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Francesco Geminiani: 4 Sonatas for cello and basso continuo op.5  

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1 CD
LP Concerto 2029

LP limited edition
historical instruments
Total time: 37'50''
first autographed vinyl
STEREO 24bit-192kHz

Francesco Geminiani

LP 2029
Enrico Bronzi, cello
Michele Barchi, harpsichord
[1] Sonata I in La maggiore 09'48"
[2] Sonata II in Re minore 10'39"
[3] Sonata III in Do maggiore 12'01"
[4] Sonata IV in Si bemolle maggiore 05'22"

Concerto is inaugurating a series of vinyls, right with this recording of Francesco Geminiani's first 4 Sonatas for Cello and basso continuo Op. 5, a recording that was recently published in compact disc. The record has been produced at the end of April according to the very highest standards of quality, both in terms of the lacquer density and in terms of data transfer from the original master thanks to the work of the studio, Elettroformati in Milan, one of the few companies in Europe still working on vinyl records. An original Neumann record lathe was used to this purpose under the watchful eyes of the label's manager and sound technicians, all more than a bit excited. For at least three generations vinyl records represented the first, unforgettable encounter with the fruition of music; for those who are younger, vinyl records belong to discotheques and the world of DJs. For some ardent fans of hi-fi music, they are still considered the vehicle of choice, unequalled for audio quality. This album is a collectors' item: presenting one of the finest performances by Enrico Bronzi, produced in a limited edition with each copy numbered and personally autographed by Bronzi. The continuo part is performed by Michele Barchi, following the performance practice existing at the time, handling the figured bass line masterfully by reinventing and recreating the images and emotions of that period with exquisite polish. Barchi has been a member of well-known musical formations such as the Giardino Armonico. Together with the violinist Elisa Citterio he founded the Baroque music group Brixia Musicalis and as harpsichordist appears in concert, performing both as soloist and in chamber music groups. This performance took place in the splendid dance hall at the Castello di San Lorenzo de Picenardi in the province of Cremona (northern Italy). All of these aspects - the use of historic instruments, the vinyl recording, the splendid location, the autographed copies - are just intended to underline how precious Concerto believes classic music to be and not to imply it is exclusively for the elite. Particularly in this time of economic crisis, for one of the most important - yes most important - assets, which is the culture of beauty and, if you wish, the beauty of culture.

Iconography: Gianluca Corona, Meloni, 2001, oil on wood


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