Celebrating the 10th anniversary of my acclaimed period-instrument ensemble (with John Mark Rozendaal, baroque cello, and David Schrader, harpsichord).
Castello: Sonata ottava in D minor
Stradella: Sinfonia in D minor
Marini: Sonata a due in D minor
Locatelli: Sonata da camera, Op. 6, No. 2 in F Major
Corelli: Sonata in C Major, Op. 5, No. 3
Tartini: Sonata Pastorale in A Major
Handel: Sonata in G minor, HWV 364a
Veracini: Sonata in D minor, Op. 2, No. 12
CEDILLE RECORDS 90000 099
AN ITALIAN SOJOURN
RACHEL BARTON PINE, VIOLIN
JOHN MARK ROZENDAAL, VIOLONCELLO
DAVID SCHRADER, HARPSICHORD
Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Graphic Design: Melanie Germond
Cover Painting: The Walk, c.1791 (oil on canvas) by Giandomenico (Giovanni Domenico) Tiepolo (1727–1804). Ca’ Rezzonico, Museo del Settecento, Venice, Alinari. © The Bridgeman Art Library International
Recorded December 18, 19 , 21 & 22, 2006 in Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston, IL
Violin: Nicola Gagliano, 1770, in original, unaltered condition
Violin Strings: Damian Dlugolecki
Violin Bows: Harry Grabenstein, replica of early 17th Century model (Castello, Stradella, Marini) / Louis Begin, replica of 18th Century model (Locatelli, Corelli, Tartini, Handel, Veracini)
’Cello: Unknown Tyrolean maker, 18th century
’Cello Bows: Louis Begin (Castello, Marini, Stradella) / Julian Clarke (Corelli, Handel, Locatelli, Tartini, Veracini)
Harpsichord: Willard Martin, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1997. Single-manual instrument after a concept by Marin Mersenne (1617), strung throughout in brass wire with a range of GG-d3.
Tuning: Unequal temperament by David Schrader, based on Werckmeister III.
What a difference a decade makes! In 1996, John Mark Rozendaal, David Schrader, and I collaborated on a recording of Handel’s Violin Sonatas. We enjoyed working together so much that in 1997, we formed Trio Settecento. This album, An Italian Sojourn, represents the culmination of ten years’ growth for us as individuals and as an ensemble.
In 1996, I recorded Handel using a modernized 1617 Amati and a baroque bow. My interpretations on that album combined a historically-informed approach to phrasing and ornamentation with a contemporary application of vibrato. This continues to be my approach when performing a Baroque sonata alongside Romantic and 20th/21st Century works on my 1742 Guarneri del Gesu.
However, my exploration of the sound world of the 17th and 18th Centuries has evolved significantly. In 2002, I began performing this music on a 1770 Nicola Gagliano in original condition. This beautiful instrument has had a remarkable effect on my capability to be faithful to the early composers’ intents and to bring their music most fully to life.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with John Mark and David. Their passion for music, boundless thirst for knowledge, and mastery of their instruments makes our time together an exciting musical adventure and increasingly rewarding. The longer we play together, the more we breathe as one, anticipate each others’ nuances, and discover increased freedom and spontaneity in our improvisations. And through all these years of intense rehearsing, we remain the best of friends!
Baroque music holds the power to delight and astonish. We chose the pieces on this album for their profound beauty and sometimes startling originality, even eccentricity. I hope that you are as excited to discover this music as we always are to play it.
“This CD is at the high end of the spectrum because of Pine’s violin mastery… There isn’t a piece that doesn’t impress. This is as good a collection for a newcomer to the Baroque as it is for those who want to hear these works performed at a high level.”
“A truly wonderful survey of Italian Baroque violin music… Unfailingly enjoyable music that also allows Pine to show off the range of her skills: sweet but on-target tone, beautiful phrasing, tasteful embellishment, and sometimes hair-raising virtuosity. I guarantee you will not regret investing in this release!”
American Record Guide
Artistic Quality 10/10 Sound Quality
“As well crafted as these sonatas are, it’s Pine and her outstanding colleagues that make the impression, and it’s obvious that these players–all respected soloists–have been together in this repertoire for a long time. This is a disc that demands, encourages, and truly rewards many hearings, made even more enjoyable by the vibrant, natural, ideally balanced sound. Highly recommended!”
“The wonderful music-making on this disc captures the heart… This is a terrific album.”
“This survey of the development of the Italian Baroque violin sonata is richly enlivened by the very personal interpretations of the players. They have developed their own very passionate way of playing this music—stylistically aware but informed by modern technique—and it’s a treat.”
Early Music America
“A beautifully-played program… Unlike similar discs offering a repertory restricted basically to one time and place, this one never seems redundant, a tribute to the vivacity of these performers.”
“A life enhancing performance from the trio, one that relishes the versatility and vibrancy of the writing.”
“Irresistible verve… a heart-stopping swirl of virtuosity… Trio Settecento’s most recent compilation can be strongly recommended.”