Giuliano Carmignola (violin), Mario Brunello (cello) & Accademia dell'Annunciata, Riccardo Doni
Violinist Giuliano Carmignola and cellist Mario Brunello: one of greatest interpreters of Vivaldi and Bach, whose recent recording of the Sonatas and Partitas was described by the authoritative magazine Gramophone as ‘a definite first choice among period instrument recordings of these works’; and his long-time friend Mario Brunello, acclaimed for his personal reinterpretation of that same famous collection on the violoncello piccolo (A469).
Giuliano Carmignola became an exclusive artist of Deutsche Grammophon in 2003, with his debut outstanding album Concerto Veneziano being released in 2005. Accompanied by the Milanese ensemble Accademia dell’Annunciata, they offer a highly original, experimental programme. Inspired by the three existing double concertos for violin and cello by Vivaldi – an unusual coupling in eighteenth century concerto literature – they revisit double concertos by Vivaldi and Bach (the famous BWV 1043 for two violins and BWV 1060 for violin and oboe), transposing the second solo part an octave lower on the violoncello piccolo. Underpinned by persuasive historical and musicological evidence, the approach first and foremost reveals their pleasure in working together on an innovative project. The outcome is a delightful opportunity to enjoy famous pieces in a totally different light.
Bach, J S:
Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043
Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1060
Sonata in C Minor, DürG 14
Concerto in C Major, RV 508
Concerto in E-Flat Major, RV 515
Sinfonia in D major, RV125
"This disc will divide listeners. There are many who, no doubt, will find the performances exciting. Certainly, at no point is the technical facility of soloists Giuliano Carmignola and Mario Brunello under question: both whizz up and down their instruments with undeniable flair. For listeners more like myself, however, it is just too much to take: a style of musicmaking that carries more sense in the flesh."
Gramophone Magazine - June 2020
"The soloists are not only superb virtuosos but they converse with the rapport of chamber musicians, and are keenly aware of period style…They parry with daring abandon Vivaldi’s barrage of challenges…while to Bach’s Teutonic idiom they bring Italian fire and lyricism These are high-risk performances, both soloists preferring raw expression to mere beauty of sound."
BBC Music Magazine - July 2020 *****