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Penguin Guide, January 2009

These overture were composed fro the Dresden court orchestra, probably around 1716. Their character brings a curious amalgam of Italian volatility and German weight, and they have something in common with the orchestral suites of Telemann. Yet Telemann loved instrumental light and shade, whereas Veracini favoured tutti scoring. The music is strong in personality and there is no shortage of ideas, but energy is more important than expressive lyricism, with usually a single brief sarabande to provide contrast as the centerpiece of up to half-a-dozen dance movements.

The Accademic I Filarmonici claim to use the original manuscripts, but they play on modern instruments, and their, gleaming sound is full of Italian sunshine. The performances are Italianate and they play the Sarabandes of Nos.1 and 2 with an attractive air of relaxed graciousness, while the sparkling opening movement of No. 6 is made to seem almost a tarantella. So at Naxos price this could well be an attractive introduction to this composer.



American Record Guide, June 1996

"Here one finds an historically informed and wholly satisfying approach that has spring in its step in the exuberant allegros and beguiling grace and tenderness in the slow movements. Again, Naxos has mounted a formidable challenge to the full-price competition with a well-recorded release that is a steal at the price"



Fanfare, June 1995

"They are delightful works...impressively written, often exploring the virtuosity of the Dresden orchestra...recommended. The Naxos is, as is so often the case, a real bargain."






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