Duello d’archi a Venezia: Vivaldi, Veracini, Tartini, Locatelli | Alpha ALPHA935

Duello d’archi a Venezia: Vivaldi, Veracini, Tartini, Locatelli


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA935

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 26th May 2023



“For this recording we have created an imaginary ‘battle of the bows’ between Vivaldi, Veracini, Tartini and Locatelli, the ‘four musketeers’ of the violin in Venice during the first half of the 18th century”, said Chouchane Siranossian and Andrea Marcon. “Corelli died in 1713 and passed the torch on to his heirs… Venice then became the setting for merciless rivalries. The violin became an instrument of confrontation, an ideal weapon for demonstrating virtuosity and technical prowess. The player’s ultimate goal was to astonish the listener and to demonstrate his own bravura, to the point that certain narcissistic tendencies of the player were often exaggerated.” Chouchane Siranossian, whose virtuosity was described as “diabolical” by the Sunday Times and who “hit the nail on the head” according to Classica on her Tartini recording (Alpha596, Choc), is the ideal interpreter of these high-risk concertos, with the fresh and knowledgeable support of Andrea Marcon and his Venetian ensemble.


This new album promises us duelling strings from Venice and it really delivers. ... for me it is Veracini’s Concerto for 8 instruments that’s the star here: flamboyant winds and brass bouncing off the stone walls while Siranossian improvises solo caprices. It’s a bravura performance... Andrew McGregor (Record of the Week)
Record Review (BBC Radio 3) 27 May 2023

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