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Nardini wrote plenty in parallel thirds, whose superb pairing by Formenti and the ever-perceptive Saporiti appears one of the big pluses throughout the disc. But it's his gift for varying this, arcing out in unexpected directions and at least making as if to swap the parts around, that renders this musica di tavola so very engaging and constantly interesting. Any initial recorded-sound doubts quickly dissolve and, so one can relax into a series of highly musical readings, even if the music 'does not execute great difficulties'. The disc makes me eager to seek out some more gems -- Nardini's string quartets, perhaps? -- of new Baroque and Classical recordings.

Listen -- Final Allegro (Sonata No 5) (track 18, 0:20-1:09)
© 2007 La Bottega Discantica

Copyright © 11 May 2008 Roderic Dunnett, Coventry UK


Nardini: Six Sonatas

DISCANTICA 156 DDD Stereo FIRST RELEASE 70'00" 2007 La Bottega Discantica

Il Bell' Accordo Ensemble (strumenti originali): Gabriele Formenti, flauto e maestro di concerto; Giona Saporiti, flauto; Gioele Gusberti, violoncello; Gabriele Toia, clavicembalo

Pietro Nardini (1722-1793): Sonata VI (Allegro; Andante; Allegro); Sonata III (Andante; Allegro; Allegro moderato); Sonata I (Andante; Allegro; Allegro); Sonata II (Adagio ma non troppo; Allegro; Allegro); Sonata IV (Andante; Allegro; Allegro); Sonata V (Allegro; Andante; Allegro)


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