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Andrea Zani: Sonate a Violino e Basso

By Andrea Rognoni

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By Andrea Rognoni, Diego Cantalupi, Leonardo Marini, and Marco Frezzato. By Andrea Zani. Classical. CD. Naxos #MVC001004. Published by Naxos (NX.MVC001004).

Item Number: NX.MVC001004

The 'Sonate 12 a Violino e Basso intitolate ""Pensieri armonici"" Opus. 5' clearly belongs to Andrea Zani's second post-Vivaldian style. Without a dedication, these sonatas are still stylistically tied to the baroque style, but there are hints of the gallant style in them, above all because of the frequent use of appoggiaturas and in the cantabile themes and their development. Each of them having three movements, in the initial and final Allegros the violin, the indisputable protagonist, giving vent, shows off with captivating virtuosity, supported by a precise and well constructed bass. The Adagios are superb, placed as a contrast between the two extreme quick movements where the cantabile nature of the writing for the violin is full of ""melos"" making these pages quite enjoyable. The quality of the composition of these sonatas makes one consider the unjust oblivion into which the musical work of Zani has fallen. It was previously so respected and is now practically unknown. Violinist Andrea Rognoni and the ensemble L'Aura Soave breathe new life into this forgotten work.

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