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Sonatas for cello and basso continuo from Baroque Italy


The violoncello, like all members of the violin family, was born in Italy, and its repertory grew considerably by the end of the 17th and in the 18th centuries. Italian cellists composed technically demanding works in the characteristic Italian bel canto style, transforming the cello in an expressive solo instrument equal to the violin. Many Italian cellists travelled throughout Europe and influenced the national cello schools. The concert program presents a century of Italian cello music, from the first known cello works of Bolognese virtuoso Domenico Gabrielli to early 18th-century sonatas by Antonio Vivaldi, Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Geminiani, and the lesser known Salvatore Lanzetti, and culminates with the works of Luigi Boccherini, the greatest cellist of the second half of the 18th century.

Works by Domenico Gabrielli, Antonio Vivaldi, Benedetto Marcello,
Francesco Geminiani, Salvatore Lanzetti, Luigi Boccherini

La Stravaganza Greca
Dimos Goundaroulis Baroque cello (France, ca. 1780)
Angelos Liakakis Baroque cello
Theodoros Kitsos theorbe and Baroque guitar
Iason Marmaras harpsichord