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Porpora & Costanzi: 6 Cello Sonatas
By Adriano Fazio, Anna Camporini, Katarzyna Solecka, Lorenzo Profita, and Pedro Alcacer. By Giovanni Batista Costanzi and Nicola Porpora (1686-1768). Country of Origin: Germany. Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.BRI95408).
Item Number: NX.BRI95408
Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) was one of the most important and successful composers of the Neapolitan School in Italy. His fame was widespread as he worked in the European capitals London, Dresden, and Vienna, where his works were successfully staged. Porpora was also a singer and teacher, which explains the strong vocal quality of his instrumental works. The six Cello Sonatas recorded on this release try to emulate the "vox humana," expressing the human emotions through instrumental virtuosity and phrasing. The manuscript of the six Cello Sonatas lists Porpora and Constanzi as composers, but it is quite likely that the works were written by Porpora alone. These works are beautifully performed by cellist Adriano Fazio and an instrumental continuo ensemble featuring violin, cello, theorbo, and harpsichord.