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Giovanni Battista Costanzi (1704-1778): Cello Sonatas (7) / Giovanni Sollima, cello. Monika Leskovar, cello. Arianna Art Ensemble

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  1. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in G Major: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in G Major: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in G Major: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in G Major: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in C Minor: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in C Minor: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in C Minor: III. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in C Minor: IV. Capricio. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Costanzi — Sonata for 2 Cellos in F Major: I. Grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Costanzi — Sonata for 2 Cellos in F Major: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Costanzi — Sonata for 2 Cellos in F Major: III. Alla francese $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major: III. Giga. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in F Major: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in F Major: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in F Major: III. Grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in G Minor: I. Cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in G Minor: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Costanzi — Cello Sonata in G Minor: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Costanzi — Sonata for 2 Cellos in C Major: I. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Costanzi — Sonata for 2 Cellos in C Major: II. Amoroso $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Costanzi — Sonata for 2 Cellos in C Major: III. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Costanzi — Il mandataro

Album Summary

>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for cello & continuo in G major
>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for cello & continuo in C minor
>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for 2 cellos in F major
>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for cello & continuo in B flat major
>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for cello & continuo in F major
>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for cello & continuo in G minor
>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for 2 cellos in C major
>Sollima, Giovanni : Il mandataro, for cello & ensemble
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The inspired decision by cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima to investigate the instrumental music of his eighteenth-century counterpart, Giovanni Battista Costanzi, is yielding its first recording with a new Glossa release of cello sonatas. Costanzi's place in the history of the cello has all but slipped from view and yet his solo cello sonatas display a remarkable freshness in handling the late Baroque sonata genre as instigated by Arcangelo Corelli. They also impose substantial technical demands upon the soloist - including playing in the instrument's highest register - making powerful use of the cello's expressive capabilities. Five sonatas scored for cello and continuo have been selected by Giovanni Sollima for this recording, the first to assess this aspect of the Roman composer's output. Not content with attending to Costanzi's works Giovanni Sollima composes one of his own - Il mandataro - which reflects the labours of an apparently marginal member of the Roman court in the time of Costanzi's patron, Cardinal Ottoboni: a courier or messenger charged with keeping the musicians informed of their duties. Sollima, who has previously recorded Neapolitan cello concertos for Glossa (backed by Antonio Florio and I Turchini), is joined for this new recording by fellow cellist Monika Leskovar (a pair of the sonatas are for two cellos) and the Arianna Art Ensemble. Scholar Imma Battista supplies pertinent biographical information for this overlooked Baroque composer.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
Constanzi clearly wasn't known as 'John of the Cello' for nothing, because the stylistic and virtuosic variety is extraordinary to the point of feeling experimental... the tone produced by Sollima on his 18th-century Venetian instrument has a slightly 'dirty' quality, heavy on energetic panache, which perhaps won't appeal to everyone but is certainly dispatched with wizardly skill.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Trevisio, Teatro delle Voci (10/2015).



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Works Details

>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for cello & continuo in G major
  • Performer: Giovanni Sollima (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Arianna Art Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for cello & continuo in C minor
  • Performer: Giovanni Sollima (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Arianna Art Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for 2 cellos in F major
  • Performers: Monika Leskovar (Cello); Giovanni Sollima (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Arianna Art Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for cello & continuo in B flat major
  • Performer: Giovanni Sollima (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Arianna Art Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for cello & continuo in F major
  • Performer: Giovanni Sollima (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Arianna Art Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for cello & continuo in G minor
  • Performer: Giovanni Sollima (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Arianna Art Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Costanz, Giovanni Battista : Sonata for 2 cellos in C major
  • Performers: Monika Leskovar (Cello); Giovanni Sollima (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Arianna Art Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Sollima, Giovanni : Il mandataro, for cello & ensemble
  • Performer: Giovanni Sollima (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Arianna Art Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral