Francesco D'Orazio / Auser Musici

Lidarti: Violin Concertos

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Though born in Vienna, Austria, the musical development of Christian Joseph Lidarti was entirely Italian. His early desire to compose for the opera did not prove fruitful, but he eventually found his niche in composing for string instruments, particularly quasi-virtuosic works for the violin. This Hyperion album features his three known violin concertos as well as the Quartetto in G major. Lidarti's compositions are charming, with the solo violin parts occasionally rising in interest, but for the most part there's very little in his writing to warrant much excitement. Still, exposure to unfamiliar music can be enlightening given the right performance. Violinist and conductor Francesco d'Orazio leads Auser Musici in a performance that is far from enlightening. Given the success and quality of many of his other albums, it's a bit surprising to hear such poor playing from d'Orazio on this disc. Intonation is perpetually unacceptable, both in the solo part and from the orchestra, as well. Many of the orchestral tuttis are sloppy and rhythmically lazy. From a musical standpoint, soloist and orchestra seem to be as bored and disinterested in what they are playing as most listeners will likely be.

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