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Giovanni Battista Pescetti: Sonate Per Gravicembalo (London 1739)

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  1. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 1: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 1: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 1: III. Menuett $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 2: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 2: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 2: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 2: IV. Giga $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 3: I. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 3: II. A tempo guisto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 3: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 4: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 4: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 4: III. Con spirito $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 5: I. Primo movimento $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 5: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 5: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 5: IV. Tempo giusto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 6: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 6: II. Spiritoso $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 7: I. Spirito $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 7: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 7: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 8: I. Con spirito $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 8: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 8: III. Tempo giusto $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 8: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 9: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Pescetti — Harpsichord Sonata No. 9: II. Spiritoso $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 1 in C minor
>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 2
>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 3
>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 4
>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 5
>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 6
>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 7
>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 8
>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 9
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Notes & Reviews:

According to scholars and critics, it is Pescetti's compositions for harpsichord that have the most merit, especially when considering their stylistic innovation. His compositions that survived to today are his six Sonate per Clavicembalo, which remained in manuscript form, and his Sonate per Gravicembalo, which were published in London in 1739, and are presented in this recording. These compositions are representative of the transition from the Baroque style to the Galante Style. Generally speaking, their movements vary in number from two to four and typically are written in contrasting styles. Among the notable aspects that successfully distinguish Pescetti's music, we can highlight the clarity of its exposition, its elegance, its essentiality, its ephemeral but incisive inspiration as well as the uncommon spontaneity and fluidity of its language. These Sonatas for Harpsichord represent a splendid example of 18th century Italian music in the sense of art as an act communicating sound, images, feelings and impressions. Pescetti's music requires a harpsichord with a full and deep tone that can hold a note for a long time, but also has a precise and penetrating attack. Indeed for this recording an extraordinary historical instrument has been used, i.e. copy Pascal Taskin (Paris 1769), whose original instrument is safely kept at the well known Russell Collection in Edinburgh.



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Works Details

>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 1 in C minor
  • Performer: Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 2
  • Performer: Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 3
  • Performer: Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 4
  • Performer: Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 5
  • Performer: Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 6
  • Performer: Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 7
  • Performer: Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 8
  • Performer: Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pescetti, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for harpsichord no 9
  • Performer: Filippo Ravizza (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque