DCD34214-CD

Carbonelli: Sonate da Camera Vol.2

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With their debut recording on Delphian, Bojan Čičić and his Illyria Consort propelled the name of Carbonelli from obscurity into the classical charts, recapturing the excitement which the violinist-composer stirred up in eighteenth-century London.

Now they bring to Carbonelli’s other six surviving sonatas the same intelligence, sensitivity and sheer, exhilarating virtuosic brilliance with which they proved him to be so much more than just a ‘follower of Corelli’ or ‘contemporary of Vivaldi’. For good measure they add in a fine concerto by the latter that bears Carbonelli’s name, and which amply demonstrates the respect in which he was held in his native Italy before setting off to find his fame and fortune in England.

"Čičić and his Illyria Consort play these Sonate da Camera with expressive warmth and sensibility. The continuo cade varies its colours and textures according to taste and perceived musical requirements, with rewarding results."

 

"Having recorded the first six, the baroque violinist Bojan Čičić and his distinguished players give vibrant performances of the remainder, prefacing them with Vivaldi’s suave concerto Il Carbonelli"

"The first volume of Čičić’s survey of the Italian-born composer’s sonate da camera was a Presto Recording of the Year in 2017, and its successor is no less enthralling – if anything, these later works find Carbonelli in more adventurous form, with some unexpected harmonic twists and turns (No. 12 in particular is full of surprises) and plenty of rustic colour from the continuo group in the gigues and sicilianas"

"Throughout the six Čičic ́ (still on his c1680 Ruggieri) is as much a joy as last time for his superlative virtuoso technique and energetic poetry. Meanwhile, the continuo is also still constantly ringing the colouristic changes, David Miller switching between theorbo, archlute and Baroque guitar, and Steven Devine between harpsichord and organ, with the whole expertly underpinned by Susanne Heinrich’s seven-string bass viol. With such wall-to-wall elegant exuberance and excellence on show across both discs, you shouldn’t hesitate in adding them as a pair to your collection."

"This is another ground-breaking and winning release from Bojan Čičić and his Illyria Consort."

"Čičić is a fine soloist, with a pure tone that reminded me on more than one occasion of a viol rather than a violin. Credit must also go to Delphian’s engineers, as the sound when listening on headphones is top-notch. It’s a tremendous pity that there’s not more of Carbonelli’s music, but at least he’s being well represented by Čičić and the Illyria Consort. A must-have."

LIMELIGHT

"Bojan Čičić and his Illyria Consort play these Sonate da Camera with expressive warmth and sensibility. The continuo cadre varies its colours and textures according to taste and perceived musical requirements, with rewarding results"

CLASSICA ARTE

"Immensely enjoyable from start to finish"

EUROPADISC

"I finished my review of the first Carbonelli CD with these words – “On so many levels, this is a must-have CD. Fascinating music by a little-known composer played with outstanding musical conviction by four excellent musicians”. I can do no more than repeat that with reference to this excellent recording."

EARLY MUSIC REVIEWS

"The bad news is that with this release, he’s now recorded the complete Carbonelli – after these sonate da camera, there’s no more left! The good news is that, like Cicic´’s earlier album, this is an excellent recording, particularly if you enjoy the music of Corelli or Vivaldi ... Cicic´ is a fine soloist, with a pure tone that reminded me on more than one occasion of a viol rather than a violin. Credit must also go to Delphian’s engineers, as the sound when listening on headphones is top-notch. It’s a tremendous pity that there’s not more of Carbonelli’s music, but at least he’s being well represented by Cicic´ and the Illyria Consort. A must-have."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venue(s): St Martin's Church, Berkshire
Recording dates: 3-6 January 2019
Physical format: Jewel Case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 27
First UK release date: 26 July 2019
Album ID: DCD34214
Total playing time: 1:18:18

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