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Giovanni Battista Somis: Violin Sonatas, Op. 1 (1717) - Kreeta-Maria Kentala; Lauri Pulakka; Mitzi Meyerson

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  1. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in D Major, Op. 1, No. 6: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in D Major, Op. 1, No. 6: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in D Major, Op. 1, No. 6: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 9: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 9: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 9: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in B-Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 5: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in B-Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 5: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in B-Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 5: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in E-Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 7: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in E-Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 7: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in E-Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 7: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in C Major, Op. 1, No. 10: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in C Major, Op. 1, No. 10: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in C Major, Op. 1, No. 10: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in E Minor, Op. 1, No. 2: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in E Minor, Op. 1, No. 2: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in E Minor, Op. 1, No. 2: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 1: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 1: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in G Minor, Op. 1, No. 1: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in E Major, Op. 1, No. 12: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in E Major, Op. 1, No. 12: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in E Major, Op. 1, No. 12: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in A Major, Op. 1, No. 8: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in A Major, Op. 1, No. 8: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in A Major, Op. 1, No. 8: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in D Minor, Op. 1, No. 4: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in D Minor, Op. 1, No. 4: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in D Minor, Op. 1, No. 4: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in A Minor, Op. 1, No. 3: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in A Minor, Op. 1, No. 3: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in A Minor, Op. 1, No. 3: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in F Major, Op. 1, No. 11: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in F Major, Op. 1, No. 11: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Giovanni Battista Somis — Sonata da camera in F Major, Op. 1, No. 11: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 6 in D major, Op. 1/6
>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 9 in G minor, Op. 1/9
>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 5 in B flat major, Op. 1/5
>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 7 in E flat major, Op. 1/7
>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 10 in C major, Op. 1/10
>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 2 in E minor, Op. 1/2
>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 1 in G minor, Op. 1/1
>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 12 in E major, Op. 1/12
>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 8 in A major, Op. 1/8
>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 4 in D minor, Op. 1/4
>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 3 in A minor, Op. 1/3
>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 11 in F major, Op. 1/11
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Notes & Reviews:

The Italian violinist, composer and teacher Giovanni Battista Somis (1686-1763), today an obscure figure, studied with, among others, Arcangelo Corelli in the early 18th century. Uncertainty remains as to just how much music he composed, but eight known opuses are extant, including the 12 sonatas of Op. 1. The trio of harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson, violinist Kreeta-Maria Kentala and cellist Lauri Pulakka, who's prior work for Glossa includes recordings of one Richard Jones (d. 1744) perform.

Early Music Review, August 2014
The violinist plays cleanly with a strong sound ... his ornamentation is plentiful but tasteful. The recorded balance between the instruments is good and tempos well chosen. As I said, strongly recommended.

International Record Review, October 2014
These are marvellously gifted musicians, each performing on beautiful historical instruments. Meyerson is, as always, a brilliant and expressive harpsichordist and Pulakka gives lively and stylish support. Kentala's violin playing is suave and nimble, with touches of sly wit and copious ornamentation ... well worth hearing.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014
The performances are, in the main, impressive. The overall sound is good and Kreeta-Maria Kentala plays with lively expression, introducing imaginative decoration, especially in the adagios. And she's very well supported.

The Strad, January 2015
Kentala's interpretations of this significant but unfairly neglected repertoire are intelligent and imaginative. She is a stylish violinist... Mitzi Meyerson provides inventive harpsichord accompaniments and cellist Lauri Pulakka clearly enjoys every opportunity to participate in melodic dialogue or imitation... their creative thirst certainly brings the music to life.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dorfkirche Rahnsdorf, Berlin (11/2013).



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>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 6 in D major, Op. 1/6
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 9 in G minor, Op. 1/9
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 5 in B flat major, Op. 1/5
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 7 in E flat major, Op. 1/7
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 10 in C major, Op. 1/10
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 2 in E minor, Op. 1/2
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 1 in G minor, Op. 1/1
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 12 in E major, Op. 1/12
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 8 in A major, Op. 1/8
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 4 in D minor, Op. 1/4
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 3 in A minor, Op. 1/3
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717

>Somis, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for violin & continuo no 11 in F major, Op. 1/11
  • Performers: Kreeta-Maria Kentala (Violin); Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord); Lauri Pulakka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717