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By Adriano Fazio and Soloists of Cappella Neapolitana. By Nicola Porpora (1686-1768), Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), and Georg Matthias Monn (1717-1750). Classical. CD. Naxos #BRI95570. Published by Naxos (NX.BRI95570).
Item Number: NX.BRI95570
According to Early Music Review, 'Easy lyricism and musicality' was a hallmark of Adriano Maria Fazio's debut for Brilliant Classics in six cello sonatas by Porpora. Now the cellist continues his exploration of the birth of his instrument's repertoire with three concertos which significantly enlarged and redefined wider understanding of the cello, not merely as a textural and harmonic underpinning element for another melody instrument but as more than capable of holding the limelight in its own right. Fazio returns first to Porpora, with a G major Concerto which is not so well known as another A minor work in the same genre, but is no less shapely or melodically rewarding. Here already are complex technical challenges which far outstrip anything required of the cello in basso continuo mode, such as thumb position and intensive use of the higher register. Porpora it was who, having left his native Naples to settle in Vienna, took on the teenage Joseph Haydn as an assistant. Under the elder composer's guidance, Haydn's musicianship was greatly refined, not only as a composer but a singer and instrumentalist. Thus the present recording presents a very rare opportunity to hear the extent of Haydn's debt to Porpora.