Neapolitan Concertos for various instruments

The Neapolitan Baroque, especially in the first half of the eighteenth century, was a vibrant and vital time for instrumental music, as Josetxu Obregón and La Ritirata now demonstrate with their new recording of six concertos from that era. The Neapolitan school – which owed so much in its formation to Francesco Provenzale – flourished in the hands of Francesco Mancini, Nicola Porpora, Nicola Fiorenza, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Alessandro Scarlatti, all represented with concertos on this new Glossa recording.
The four major conservatories in the city created an astonishingly productive and innovative environment for musicians – students and their teachers alike. The composers here all studied or worked in the conservatories or at the Cappella Real. The Neapolitan concerto had its own structure at this time, which was quite different to that found in the Venice of Vivaldi, and there was a constant competitive spirit for soloists to demonstrate their virtuosity.
As they showed with their earlier Glossa recording of Il Spiritillo Brando, the members of La Ritirata are more than a match for their Neapolitan predecessors
in both stylishness and technique. The soloists gathered by Josetxu Obregón represent some of the leading musical lights in Spain today: violinist Hiro
Kurosaki (in a Fiorenza concerto), recorder-player Tamar Lalo (Scarlatti and Mancini), harpsichordists Ignacio Prego and Daniel Oyarzabal (Pergolesi) and not least, Obregón himself who is the cello soloist in works by Fiorenza and Porpora.

Neapolitan Concertos for various instruments

 

La Ritirata – Josetxu Obregón

Tamar Lalo, recorder
Hiro Kurosaki, Pablo Prieto, Daniel Pinteño, violins
Daniel Lorenzo, viola
Josetxu Obregón, Paz Alonso, cellos
Ismael Campanero, violone
Daniel Oyarzabal, Ignacio Prego, harpsichords
Daniel Zapico, therobo

Neapolitan Concertos for various instruments

Neapolitan Concertos for various instruments

Nicola Porpora (1686 – 1768)
Sinfonia in C major for violoncello, violins and basso continuo

01 Amoroso 2:44
02 Allegro 1:49
03 Largo 1:50
04 Allegro 4:17

solo cello: Josetxu Obregón [+ hk, pp, pa, ic, do, dz]

Francesco Mancini (1672 – 1737)
Concerto in G minor for recorder, 2 violins, violoncello and basso continuo

05 Largo 3:26
06 Fuga 2:53
07 Largo 2:24
08 Spiritoso 1:37

solo recorder: Tamar Lalo [+ hk, pp, jo, ic, do]

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710 – 1736)
Concerto for 2 harpsichords and strings

09 Allegro non assai 5:10
10 Adagio tardissimo 3:17
11 Allegro 3:31

solo harpsichords: Ignacio Prego & Daniel Oyarzabal [+ hk, pp, dl, jo, ic, dz]

Nicola Fiorenza (c. 1700 – 1764)
Concerto in D major for cello, 2 violins and basso continuo

12 Largo 2:50
13 Allegro 2:32
14 Largo 2:16
15 Allegro 2:31

solo cello: Josetxu Obregón [+ dp, pp, pa, ic, do, dz]

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660 – 1725)
Concerto in C major for recorder, 2 violins, violoncello and basso continuo

16 Adagio 1:33
17 Fuga 2:22
18 Adagio 1:28
19 Allegro 1:39

solo recorder: Tamar Lalo [+ hk, pp, jo, ic, do]

Nicola Fiorenza (c. 1700 – 1764)
Concerto in D major for violin and strings

20 In tempo giusto 8:22
21 Largo e staccato di molto 6:09
22 Allegro andante alla polaccha 6:35

solo violin: Hiro Kurosaki [+ pp, dp, dl, jo, ic, do]

Recorded in Cercedilla (Iglesia de San Sebastián), Spain, in September 2017
Engineered by Federico Prieto | Artistic supervision: Bart Vandewege
Edited by Bart Vandewege, Federico Prieto, Josetxu Obregón and Tamar Lalo
Producers: Josetxu Obregón and Tamar Lalo | Executive producer: Carlos Céster
Design: Rosa Tendero | Editorial assistance: María Díaz
Photos of the recording sessions: Noah Shaye
Transcription of the Fiorenza violin concerto: Guillermo Peñalver
Tuning of the harpsichords: Daniel Oyarzabal and Patricia Mora
Orchestra manager: Carlos Bercebal
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