Although aficionados of cello music and pedagogy are certainly acquainted with the name Carlo Alfredo Piatti -- whose set of caprices greatly advanced the technical accomplishments of the instrument -- fewer may be familiar with Giovanni Benedetto Platti. Born in Padua circa 1697, Platti was active as a court composer and a recognized virtuoso of the oboe. Unlike Piatti, Platti was not a skilled cellist but had the fortune of making the acquaintance of Rudolf Franz Erwein, a wealthy noble and skilled cellist. Through their friendship and collaboration, Platti composed an abundance of works for the cello, many of which lay forgotten for centuries. This Brilliant Classics album features premiere recordings of six sonatas and trios in which the cello and oboe dominate. Performed by the Ensemble Cordia, this six works are given a great deal of care, attention to detail, and vitality. Though they are not dazzling virtuoso works, they are still interesting and satisfying both musically and historically. The musicians, playing on period instruments, achieve a pleasing balance between solo and continuo and possess polished technical skills and clean intonation. With so many of Platti works still unknown to modern listeners -- particularly the 28 cello concertos -- listeners may be left hoping that this ensemble continues to shed new, deserved light on this nearly forgotten composer.
AllMusic Review by Mike D. Brownell
|Sonata à Oboe, Violoncello e Basso in G minor|
|Sonata à Violoncello solo e Basso continuo in D minor|
|Trio con Oboe e Faghotto Obligato (e Basso continuo) in C minor|
|Sonata à Violoncello solo e Basso continuo in G minor|
|Sonata à Oboe solo e Basso continuo in C minor|
|Sonata à tre cioè Violino overo Oboe, Violoncello e Basso continuo in G major|