Early Italian Cello Concertos: Elinor Frey, Rosa Barocca, Claude Lapalme

April 21, 2022, 9:00 am

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Cellist, gambist, and researcher Elinor Frey has made it her mission to enrich the cello repertoire. Fascinated by the origins of the instrument, she takes listeners on a journey to Italy, the country where cello music first appeared at the turn of the 18th century. This new recording of concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Giuseppe Tartini, and Leonardo Leo is in collaboration with Rosa Barocca, founded and directed by conductor Claude Lapalme. The concertos are performed on four-stringed instruments, a large cello and a small cello, today sometimes called a tenor cello. Through the unique voices of these composers, the album explores the emerging virtuosity of the cello throughout Italy in the early 18th century.