Platti Trio Sonatas Dec19

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Release date: 2012-09-2


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Platti Trios for Violin, Cello and Basso continuo – uplifting music from the late baroque


This disc of trio sonatas and duos for cello and violin has been in my CD player many times since I first listened to it several weeks ago. With the sheer joie de vivre of both the performances and the music itself, it's one of those discs that you can always count on to lift your spirits. The music is by Giovanni Benedetto Platti (1697? - 1763), an Italian born composer and oboe virtuoso who spent his student days in Rome, and his professional years in Würzburg, in the geographical center of Germany.

The four trio sonatas form the heart of the program. They are written for an equal partnership of violin and cello over the fortepiano continuo. Each is in four brief movements following the same slow-fast-slow-fast pattern. The slow movements are beautifully lyrical, and the quick ones are buoyant, bubbly, and exhilarating! Platti will sometimes conclude his slow movements in a state of harmonic irresolution, which these players further accentuate with a long expecting pause, heightening the excitement before launching into the vigorous movement that follows.

The recording was made in a space that is "live", but not so much so that any of the detail is lost. The superb performances are by Florian Birsak, basso continuo, Rüdiger Lotter, violin and Sebastian Hess, violoncello. Oehms Classics provides excellent sonics. I can't imagine any music lover not enjoying this CD.

The video below has music for trio by Platti that is on this CD.