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Reviewer: Joseph Magil

One baroque composer I had never warmed to is Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770). I’d never really been able to put my finger on why this is so—he was as competent a composer as most others of his era. When I saw this I thought, “Well, here’s 80 minutes of tedium.” I am happy to report that I was wrong.

Duo Tartini (violinist David Plantier and cellist Annabelle Luis) play the last violin sonatas written by the master, and the  effect of a violin-cello duo does wonders for this music. Dispensing with the usual keyboard instrument gives greater prominence to the cello. Luis alternates bowed and pizzicato notes, giving variety to the music’s textures. This may be her choice as the accompaniment for music of this era was largely written in figured bass for the accompanist to realize. The duo plays very well together, and it is obvious that they know each other well and are not afraid to exercise their own imaginations. For the first time, I can give an unreserved recommendation to an all-Tartini disc. Perhaps toward the end of his life he finally figured out how to compose music that I enjoy. Plantier’s violin was made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in Parma in 1766. Luis’s cello was made by Nicolas Augustin Chappuy in 1777.


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