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Egidio Romualdo Duni : Sonates en trio, op. 1. DuniEnsemble.
Format : 1 CD
Total Time : 00:48:20

Recording : 01/04/2018
Location : Bari
Country : Italie

Label : Brilliant Classics
Catalog No. : BRIL96023
EAN : 5028421960234
Price Code : DM009A

Publishing Year : 2019
Release Date : 03/07/2019

Genre : Classical
Egidio Romualdo Duni (1708-1775)
6 Sonates en trio, op. 1
Sonate n° 1 en la majeur
Sonate n° 2 en sol majeur
Sonate n° 3 en ré majeur
Sonate n° 4 en mi mineur
Sonate n° 5 en si bémol majeur
Sonate n° 6 en ré mineur
Contredanse n° 1
Contredanse n° 4
Contredanse n° 3
Minuetto n° 2
Menuet n° 18

Natalia Bonello, flûte baroque, flûte à bec
Julia Ponzio, flûte baroque, flûte à bec
Piero Massa, violon baroque
Mauro Squillante, mandoline
Marcello De Giuseppe, basson baroque
Claudia Di Lorenzo, clavecin
Leonardo massa, violoncelle baroque
Luca Tarantino, théorbe, guitare baroque

Colourfully scored premiere recordings of eighteenth-century chamber music by a little-known contemporary of Handel. Born near Naples, Egidio Romualdo Duni (1708-1775) enjoyed success with operas presented in Rome and Milan in the 1730s before moving to London in 1736 and then to the Netherlands for a decade. The six trio sonatas were published in Rotterdam around 1739, while the attractive collection of minuets and contredanses appeared in London the previous year. Together they form Duni’s only published collections of chamber music; the greater part of his output remained opera, both serious and comic, and the melodic flair of these works displays the artistic signature of a composer for the stage. The trio sonatas follow the template for the form laid down by the likes of Corelli and Geminiani. Scored originally for two violins and continuo, they proceed in fast-slow-fast fashion with a melodic flair offset by an unusually elaborate bass line: unlike many comparable collections of domestically scaled music, Duni’s trio sonatas are written not for amateurs but for court musicians both to enjoy for themselves and to give pleasure to others. The minuets and contredanses bear an obsequious dedication to an English noblewoman, indicating that they too were composed to tickle aristocratic palates. The DuniEnsemble presents the first complete recording of both collections, on period instruments and according to historically informed performance principles – which in this case include a liberal attitude to the instrumentation. The chosen pair of melody instruments is not confined to violins but extended to include flutes and recorders, while the basso continuo part is brought to life by a richly coloured ensemble of bassoon, guitar, mandolin, theorbo, cello and harpsichord, varied work by work. The musicians of the DuniEnsemble presented this music in concert in 2018 at Duni’s birthplace of Matera, but they have been performing as a group since 2003.

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