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Gwyn Roberts: Mancini – Solos for a Flute (24/96 FLAC)

Gwyn Roberts: Mancini - Solos for a Flute (24/96 FLAC)
Gwyn Roberts: Mancini – Solos for a Flute (24/96 FLAC)


Composer: Francesco Mancini
Performer: Gwyn Roberts, Tempesta di Mare
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Chandos
Catalogue: CHAN0801
Release: 2014
Size: 907 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Flute Sonata No. 6 in B-Flat Major
01. I. Largo
02. II. Allegro
03. III. Largo
04. IV. Allegro

Flute Sonata No. 4 in A Minor
05. I. Spiritoso: Largo
06. II. Interludio: Allegro
07. III. Largo
08. IV. Allegro spiccato

Flute Sonata No. 10 in B Minor
09. I. Largo
10. II. Allegro
11. III. Largo
12. IV. Allegro

Flute Sonata No. 12 in G Major
13. I. Allegro – Largo
14. II. Allegro
15. III. Andante
16. IV. Allegro

Flute Sonata No. 11 in G Minor
17. I. Un poco andante
18. II. Allegro
19. III. Largo
20. IV. Allegro

Flute Sonata No. 1 in D Minor
21. I. Amoroso
22. II. Allegro
23. III. Largo
24. IV. Allegro

Flute Sonata No. 2 in E Minor
25. I. Andante
26. II. Allegro
27. III. Largo
28. IV. Allegro

Flute Sonata No. 5 in D Major
29. I. Allegro – Largo
30. II. Allegro
31. III. Largo
32. IV. Allegro

Born in 1672 in Naples where he trained as an organist and composer, Francesco Mancini became one of the most prominent composers of Neapolitan opera in the eighteenth century.

The Solos for a Flute, published in 1724, were a collection of Sonatas dedicated to John Fleetwood, the English consul to Naples and himself an amateur flautist. Hoping to gain himself a steady remunerative position in England, Mancini designed this flattering dedication to take advantage of the popularity of Italian music in London and the rise in prominence of wind music at the time. Fleetwood died the year after the Solos were published and Mancini never moved from his native Italy. The quality of these works was nevertheless recognised in England and the Solos for a Flute achieved great success. The Sonatas, as the individual Solos are called, follow the usual four- or five-movement structure established by Corelli, wildly popular in England at the time. Clear Neapolitan influences are present, however, in elements such as the minor tonalities and almost operatic melodies employed in the slow movements.

This collection of substantial excerpts from the set is performed by the Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players, the Philadelphia-based early music ensemble, which has been recording exclusively for Chandos since 2004. Gwyn Roberts, co-director of the ensemble, playing a variety of period flutes and recorders, is the soloist.

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