DANIEL DAL BARBA (1715-1801): Violin Sonatas Nos. 1- 6.
Catalogue Number: 03Y010
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Born in Verona in 1715, Daniel dal Barba grew up, lived and worked there as a composer, violinist, singer and librettist until retiring in 1791; he died in the city a decade later. When his collection of 12 violin sonatas was composed and published isn’t certain: probably the late 1740s. By then he had become known as a composer for both the stage and the church. These sonatas remain among the few surviving examples of instrumental music in his output, but they tell us that dal Barba was a master of his art in the north Italian school of violin writing. The absence of counterpoint and of brilliant virtuoso effects distinguishes these sonatas from Vivaldi and his Venetian contemporaries. The supple melodic ideas, decorative lyric lines, and late Baroque formal designs belong instead to the gentler stile galante, and in particular to the influential style of Giuseppe Tartini, who may have acted as a mentor to del Barba. 2 CDs. Valerio Losito (violin), Federico Del Sordo (harpsichord), Diego Leverić (archlute), Cecilia Medi (bassoon),Andrea Lattarulo (cello), Carlo Ca,egari (double bass). B