Angelo Ragazzi: Sonate a Quattro, Band I (Sonata 1 - 6)
per Violino 1mo principale e raddoppio, Violino 2do, Violino 3zo o Violetta, Violone e B.c., Opus 1, Roma 1736
Naples, at the turn of the XVIIIth century, was the capital of Southern Italy and Sicily, and the home of orphanages which functioned as superlative music schools providing the city with first-rate musicians. Consequently the Neapolitan court orchestra was one of the best musical ensembles in Europe. Ragazzi received musical training in the S. Maria di Loreto orphanage and later attained the position of concertmaster of the Neapolitan court orchestra.
The works at hand, though they are entitled Sonate a Quattro, can be described as violin concertos, which thanks to formally experimental combinations of Sonata, Solo Concerto and Concerto grosso achieve a varied and delightful musical effect. The solo violin part is technically demanding.
Edited by Christoph Timpe
Sonata I in G Allegro - Grave - Allegro
Sonata II in c Allegro - Aria Adagio - Allegro
Sonata III in B Vivace - Aria Adagio - Allegro
Sonata IV in f “Imitatio in Salve Regina, mater misericordiae” - Andante - Adagio - Allegro
Sonata V in A Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
Sonata VI in g Allegro - Aria un poco Andante - Vivace
CD recording : Musica Napoletana, Accademia Per Musica, C. Timpe, Capriccio 49546