15 April 2012

J.H.Roman: Trios for two Recorders and Basso Continuo

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Date CD: 2011 | La Bottega Discantica | 53:23

Johan Helmich Roman has been the founder of Swedish music tradition at the beginning of the 8th century. Strong of his cosmopolitan experiences in England, France, Germany and Italy he was able to blend them into a highly personal style influenced by the Northern counterpoint and the Italian melodious tradition. As many other musicians of his time, he was also a violin and oboe player, and in his compositions he mastered the new international idiom, acquired mostly during his London stay. We have chosen this author mainly because of the great expressiveness of his music showing such a varied display of “affetti” that it anticipates in many ways the German Empfindsamkeit aesthetics. Among the trios which survived the Turku fire of 1827, we have selected the six that better convey the variety and intensity of these “affetti”. The original versions, for two violins, are here arranged in different tunes for two recorders and through bass, following a well known practice customary until the first half of the 8th century. This choice gives rise to a further interest about these compositions and contributes in spreading the knowledge of this author who figures very well in the European musical framework usually associated with Haendel and Italian authors like Albinoni and Geminiani.

The master of this CD is the result of the First Prize of the first Competition for Recorder and Chamber Music with Recorder awarded by ERTA Italia (European Recorder Teachers' Association) in 2009.

Sergio Balestracci

Dulcis in Fundo is formed by four young professionals specialized in the Baroque repertoire. The members of the group are Olga Bernardi and Andrea Marcialis (recorders), Stefano Sopranzi (baroque bassoon) and Marcello Rossi (harpsichord). The group was formed in 2003 and won the first prize at the 2004 "Dino Caravita" competition in Fusignano (Ravenna, Italy). In June 2009, the ensemble was awarded the first prize at the First National Competition of ERTA Italia (European Recorder Teachers' Association), presided by Dan Laurin from the Royal College of Music of Stockholm. The group performs according to early practices keeping sounds and styles as close as possible to the originals, using authentic early music instruments (a Baroque bassoon made at the end of the 18th century) or copies of original instruments found in European museums. The aim of the group is to go beyond the mere reproduction of past music modules engaging the listeners in more lively and updated performances.

They have attended the Chamber Music Masterclass of the "Festival Gregorio Strozzi" in San Severino Lucano (Potenza, Italy) in 2009, and they have recently been invited to perform at the “Gorizia Classica” concert season, at the “XVII International Early Music Festival” in Bergamo and at the “Podzimnì Hudebnì Festival” in the Czech Republic.


1 - Trio BeRi 106 in re minore
2 - Trio BeRi 117 in fa minore
3 - Trio BeRi 114 in do maggiore
4 - Trio BeRi 115 in sol minore
5 - Trio BeRi 110 in fa maggiore
6 - Trio BeRi 109 in Do minore

Dulcis in Fundo
Olga Bernardi - Andrea Marcialis, Recorders
Stefano Sopranzi, Bassoon
Marcello Rossi, Harpsichord

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