, 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.