Bojan Čičić / The Illyria Consort

Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli: Sonate da Camera Nos. 1-6

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If Giovanni Stefano Carbonelli is unfamiliar to most classical listeners, it may be because only 12 chamber sonatas survive, and despite their high quality and tasteful virtuosity, they have yet to find a secure place in the repertoire of most violinists. A reputed student of Arcangelo Corelli and a contemporary of George Frederick Handel, Carbonelli was a leading violinist in London after 1719, and he led the orchestra of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, later performing under his naturalized English name, John Stephen Carbonell. The 12 sonatas reflect his love of ornamentation and flashy techniques, though their florid Baroque style and the four-movement sonata da camera form likely made them unfashionable in the Classical period. Bojan Čičić and the Illyria Consort have recorded the first six of the 12 sonatas for Delphian, and this refined performance reveals the expressiveness and sparkling beauty of the sonatas, which elevate them above mere showpieces. The recorded sound is open and spacious, with a reverberant acoustic, though the musicians are close enough to have a warm presence.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Sonata No. 1
1 3:17
2 2:28
3 1:55
4 3:12
Sonata No. 2
5 3:01
6 2:43
7 1:49
8 0:59
Sonata No. 3
9 3:40
10 2:32
11 1:10
12 1:56
Sonata No. 4
13 1:25
14 4:12
15 1:00
16 2:33
Sonata No. 5
17 3:31
18 2:51
19 0:52
20 3:06
Sonata No. 6
21 4:10
22 2:33
23 8:38
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