Giuseppe Tartini: Vertigo (The Last Violin Sonatas) Duo Tartini

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Album-Release:
2020

HRA-Release:
25.09.2020

Label: MUSO

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Duo Tartini

Composer: Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)

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  • Giuseppe Tartini (1692 - 1770): Sonata for violin and cello in A Minor, B.G a8:
  • 1Sonata for violin and cello in A Minor, B.G a8: I. Grave05:02
  • 2Sonata for violin and cello in A Minor, B.G a8: II. Allegro03:04
  • 3Sonata for violin and cello in A Minor, B.G a8: III. Siciliana grave02:42
  • 4Sonata for violin and cello in A Minor, B.G a8: IV. Allegro03:00
  • 5Sonata for violin and cello in A Minor, B.G a8: V. Allegro assai con 6 variazioni04:09
  • Sonata for violin and cello in A Major, B.G A4:
  • 6Sonata for violin and cello in A Major, B.G A4: I. Allegro04:43
  • 7Sonata for violin and cello in A Major, B.G A4: II. Andante04:32
  • 8Sonata for violin and cello in A Major, B.G A4: III. Allegro #03:02
  • 9Sonata for violin and cello in A Major, B.G A4: IV. Minuet01:13
  • Sonata for violin and cello in D Major, B.G D19:
  • 10Sonata for violin and cello in D Major, B.G D19: I. (Recitativo)02:52
  • 11Sonata for violin and cello in D Major, B.G D19: II. Allegro03:26
  • 12Sonata for violin and cello in D Major, B.G D19: III. Andante03:55
  • 13Sonata for violin and cello in D Major, B.G D19: IV. Allegro #03:20
  • Sonata for violin and cello in D Minor, B.G d5:
  • 14Sonata for violin and cello in D Minor, B.G d5: I. Larghetto04:14
  • 15Sonata for violin and cello in D Minor, B.G d5: II. (Allegro)03:31
  • 16Sonata for violin and cello in D Minor, B.G d5: III. Presto02:24
  • 17Sonata for violin and cello in D Minor, B.G d5: IV. Minuet con 2 variazioni02:34
  • 18Sonata for violin and cello in D Minor, B.G d5: V. Gavotta allegro con 5 variazioni05:16
  • Sonata for violin and cello in D Major, B.G D9:
  • 19Sonata for violin and cello in D Major, B.G D9: I. Andante03:41
  • 20Sonata for violin and cello in D Major, B.G D9: II. Allegro03:39
  • 21Sonata for violin and cello in D Major, B.G D9: III. Allegro assai02:13
  • 22Sonata for violin and cello in D Major, B.G D9: IV. Cantabile02:42
  • 23Sonata for violin and cello in D Major, B.G D9: V. Minuet con 6 variazioni04:17
  • Total Runtime01:19:31

Info for Giuseppe Tartini: Vertigo (The Last Violin Sonatas)



It is the music of this master that inspires noble feelings. Original in everything, his only laws are those of his genius. The sublime quality of his works means that all men consider him able to feel the truth. He has been able to rid music of its superficiality in order to serve its nature. He is known throughout Europe, yet cherished by few, just as few people are happy enough to distinguish the noise from feeling and expression. Such was the opinion, in 1752, of a thoughtful observer of Tartini.

His assertion is readily transposable to our period, when the name of Giuseppe Tartini resonates with familiarity in the ears of music-lovers, whereas his music remains mysteriously little-known and underestimated. The fault probably lies with the inevitable Devil’s Trill, its celebrity, as deserved as it is overworked, obscuring a tremendous output of more than 130 sonatas.

In rendering homage to the master of Padua on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his death, the choice proved to be delicate given the abundance of music of constant and exceptional quality. David Plantier and Annabelle Luis have selected the 5 unpublished sonatas in this programme from Manuscript 9796, preserved in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and taken from the Italian city in 1796 by Napoleon’s army as a prize of war.

Four of these date from the latter years of Tartini. They all have in common an extreme virtuosity necessary for performance, yet also the necessity of a perfect mastery of the instrument for producing a natural, musical version, the reflection of the composer’s typical cantabile. David Plantier is without question the baroque violinist most suited for this mission, having been a passionate defender of Tartini and his music for years.

Giuseppe Tartini often performed in duets with his cellist friend the abbé Vandini. The destiny of these two formidable musicians was indivisible, and it is this historic duet that the Duo Tartini aims to bring back to life; the violin and the cello give this richly diverse music a setting of velvet tones, they revitalise the beauty and modernity within so as to touch the hearts of contemporary listeners.

David Plantier, baroque violin
Annabelle Luis, cello



David Plantier
began learning how to play the violin at age five. Following modern violin studies at the Geneva Conservatory, he devoted himself to the baroque violin at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, in Chiara Banchini’s class. There he also discovered his passion for musical research. He is today a much in demand first violin and soloist with the most celebrated baroque conductors, and has worked with René Jacobs, Chiara Banchini and Martin Gester. Today he is first violin with Concert d’Astrée directed by Emmanuelle Haïm and regularly collaborates with Jordi Savall’s Concerts des nations, and the Café Zimmermann ensemble.

His interest for lesser known repertoires encouraged him to conduct research and start his own ensemble in 2004, Les Plaisirs du Parnasse. With the ensemble he recorded J.P. von Westhoff’s Sonates for violin and basso continuo, a record unanimously acclaimed by European critics. This in turn allowed the ensemble to perform in Europe and Japan’s biggest early music festivals. He teaches at the „Schola Cantorum“ Musik-Akademie in Basel.

Annabelle Luis
After graduating in Lyon with a diploma in modern cello and a musicology degree, Annabelle Luis turned to the baroque cello, obtaining her Diplôme d'Études Supérieures from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon in 2006.

She plays regularly with the Concert Spirituel under the direction of Hervé Niquet, with Leonardo Garcia Alarcon's new Millenium Orchestra ensemble, and with the Concert d'Astrée directed by Emmanuelle Haim.

She plays continuo in various chamber music ensembles such as Stradivaria and Amarillis.

Annabelle has participated in numerous recordings, recently with the violinist David Plantier for his recording of Tartini Sonatas, and with Amarillis mixing different universes: jazz, contemporary, classical and baroque music.

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