Rome Instrumental Ensemble - Albinoni: Sinfonie e Concerti Op. 2

Rome Instrumental Ensemble - Albinoni: Sinfonie e Concerti Op. 2
Styles: Orchestral
Genre: Classical
Album: Albinoni: Sinfonie e Concerti Op. 2
Artist: Rome Instrumental Ensemble
Duration: 01:18:37

Tomaso Albinoni's Sinfonie e concerti, Op. 2 (here rendered as Sonatas and Concertos, Op. 2, for the works are five-part sonatas, not "symphonies" in the later sense), date from around 1700, early in the composer's career. This recording by the Insieme Strumentale di Roma has been suggested as a standard one for the set, and it is certainly attractive and well played; director Giorgio Sasso elicits a very rich, tuneful sound from his group of period string players. The question is whether this "authentic" performance matches what Albinoni had in mind.

Included are six sonatas (or sinfonie) with four movements each and six concertos with either three or five; 46 short tracks in all, with the melodic aspect but not the large ritornello structures of the Italian Baroque firmly in place. These works are designated "sinfonie e concerti a cinque," but other instruments besides the central two violins, two violas (one the rare tenor viola), and one cello are involved. There's a continuo, realized here on double bass and harpsichord or organ. And the concertos have an extra "violino ripieno" or full-ensemble violin part. Despite the fact that Giuseppe Torelli in his Op. 5 had instructed performers "to multiply all the instruments" (i.e., perform his music with more than one instrument per part), Sasso opts not to do the same with Albinoni, even though Torelli's similar set was published in 1692, eight years before Albinoni's Op. 2. His reasoning is that Albinoni included no such instruction. But perhaps it was already a given for a "concerto" by 1700 -- the concerto was quickly emerging as an independent, and orchestral, genre. In any event, the result is that the differences in texture between Albinoni's concertos and sonatas are slight, and the 46 little movements that make up this CD have a certain homogeneity that suits them to the ride home or to the garden party better than to close listening. The proper forces for this music are no doubt a matter for musicological investigation, but performers too have a part to play in making musical sense of transitional genres.

That does not fully happen here, although this is undeniably an attractive disc.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Sinfonie e concerti a cinque (12), for 2-3 violins, 2 violas, cello & basso continuo, Op. 2 (T. 2/1-12)
Sonata No .1 in G major. Grave AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble1:24
Sonata No .1 in G major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble2:29
Sonata No. 1 in G major. AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble2:14
Sonata No. 1 in G major. Allegro assaiRome Instrumental Ensemble1:51
Concerto No. 1 in F major. Allegro assaiRome Instrumental Ensemble1:32
Concerto No. 1 in F major. AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble0:57
Concerto No. 1 in F major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:53
Sonata No. 2 in C major. LargoRome Instrumental Ensemble3:07
Sonata No. 2 in C major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:55
Sonata No. 2 in C major. GraveRome Instrumental Ensemble2:33
Sonata No. 2 in C major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:50
Concerto No. 2 in e minor. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:06
Concerto No. 2 in e minor. AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble0:14
Concerto No. 2 in e minor. PrestoRome Instrumental Ensemble0:49
Concerto No. 2 in e minor. AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble0:36
Concerto No. 2 in e minor. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:47
Sonata No. 3 in A major. GraveRome Instrumental Ensemble2:18
Sonata No. 3 in A major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble2:00
Sonata No. 3 in A major. AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble1:54
Sonata No. 3 in A major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble2:26
Concerto No. 3 in B flat major. Allegro assaiRome Instrumental Ensemble2:14
Concerto No. 3 in B flat major. AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble1:09
Concerto No. 3 in B flat major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:01
Sonata No. 4 in c minor. GraveRome Instrumental Ensemble2:49
Sonata No. 4 in c minor. Allegro assaiRome Instrumental Ensemble1:56
Sonata No. 4 in c minor. AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble2:06
Sonata No. 4 in c minor. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:42
Concerto No. 4 in G major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble2:01
Concerto No. 4 in G major. AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble1:04
Concerto No. 4 in G major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble2:36
Sonata No. 5 in B flat major. LargoRome Instrumental Ensemble1:39
Sonata No. 5 in B flat major. Allegro assaiRome Instrumental Ensemble2:00
Sonata No. 5 in B flat major. GraveRome Instrumental Ensemble1:48
Sonata No. 5 in B flat major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:43
Concerto No. 5 in C major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:44
Concerto No. 5 in C major. AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble0:50
Concerto No. 5 in C major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:35
Sonata No. 6 in g minor. AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble1:39
Sonata No. 6 in g minor. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble2:32
Sonata No. 6 in g minor. GraveRome Instrumental Ensemble2:22
Sonata No. 6 in g minor. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:54
Concerto No. 6 in D major. Allegro assaiRome Instrumental Ensemble1:30
Concerto No. 6 in D major. LargoRome Instrumental Ensemble0:25
Concerto No. 6 in D major. PrestoRome Instrumental Ensemble0:50
Concerto No. 6 in D major. AdagioRome Instrumental Ensemble1:03
Concerto No. 6 in D major. AllegroRome Instrumental Ensemble1:30

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