, January 2009
Veracini’s Violin Concerto a otto stromenti is endearingly ambitious in its scoring, and the brilliant opening, with its two trumpets and oboes, must have made quite an impression when it was first heard in Venice in 1712 at a concert to celebrate the visit of the ambassador of the new Holy Roman Emperor. Tartini’s influence Is apparent. The decorative figurations in the outer movements rise and fall in scalic sequence. Some solo passages are left to the soloist to fill in and the unusual minor-key slow movement is very improvisatory in feeling.
The two earlier Concerti a cinque are more modest, closer are more modest, closer to Vivaldi, although Veracini’s own presence is very apparent at times and especially in the finale of the A major work. The Overture in B flat is one of the finest of the complete set discussed below, and the Aria schiavona is an engaging minuet lollipop, very gallant in feeling and almost certainly not by Veracini at all. First-class performance throughout with fine solo contributions, presumably from Alberto Martini, the leader of the Accademia I Filarmonici, which claims to have no conductor. The recording is excellent.