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Ignazio Albertini: Sonatas For Violin & Continuo

Ignazio Albertini: Sonatas For Violin & Continuo.
(Sonates pour violon & basse continue)

Performed by Héléne Schmitt (violin), Jörg-Andreas Bötticher (harpsichord & organ), Karl-Ernst Schröder (theorbo) and David Sinclair (violine).

Classical | APE & CUE | 1 CD, Covers | Size: 443 MB

Here’s a rather rare piece from an excellent but obscure Italian seventeenth century composer, Ignazio Albertini.

Also known as Ignazio Albertino, Albertini (1644 – 1685) was an Italian Baroque musician and composer.

However, nothing is known about Albertini’s early years in Italy, though he is thought to have been born in Milan!

Albertini first surfaces in Vienna in a letter of recommendation from the distinguished violinist Johann Heinrich Schmelzer to the Prince-Bishop Karl Liechtenstein in 1671. So, what we do know that when Albertini was about 27 he was in Vienna. It is also known that he was employed there by Eleonora Gonzaga II, the widow of Ferdinand III, shortly before he came to an rather untimely end, stabbed to death!

The little music of Albertini that has survived is marked by a fusion of Italian influences and the virtuoso violin tradition typical of Austria and Germany.

His sonatas for violin and continuo are characterized by strong contrasts and smooth transitions. Free-form and strongly rhythmic passages predominate over dances, as was characteristic of the music of Schmelzer and his circle in Vienna which also included the violinist-composer Heinrich Ignaz Biber.


01. Sonata I (8’00)
02. Sonata II (5’43)
03. Sonata III (5’51)
04. Prélude pour théorbe (Bartolotti) (3’56)
05. Sonata IV (6’30)
06. Sonata V (6’45)
07. Sonata VII (6’45)
08. Toccatina pour clavecin (Richter) (4’29)
09. Sonata VIII (6’57)
10. Prélude pour théorbe (Bartolotti) (0’54)
11. Sonata X (8’10)
12. Toccata V pour clavecin (Kerll) (2’47)
13. Sonata XI (5’15)
14. Sonata XII (4’39)

Ignazio Albertini, Angelo Michele Bartolotti, Johann Kaspar Kerll, Ferdinand Tobias Richter

Hélène Schmitt, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, Karl-Ernst Schröder, David Sinclair.

Here’s Al!

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April 29, 2008 Posted by | Ignazio Albertini, Music_Classical, _MUSIC | Leave a comment