Aureole etc.




Nimbus on-line




If it’s the Czech works you’re after, do not hesitate

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


REVIEW

Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

alternatively
CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS
Download: Classicsonline


Giovanni Benedetto PLATTI (c.1697-1763)
Sonata for violin, oboe and bc in D [12:17]
Sonata for oboe, cello and bc in g minor [13:08]
Sonata for violin, cello and bc in G [11:35]
Sonata for oboe and bc in c minor [09:47]
Sonata for cello and bc in d minor [07:40]
Sonata for oboe, bassoon and bc in c minor [10:13]
Epoca Barocca (Alessandro Piqué (oboe), Sergio Azzolini (bassoon), Margarete Adorf (violin), Ilze Grudule (cello), Matthias Spaeter (archlute), Christoph Lehmann (harpsichord, organ))
rec. 1-4 October 2005, Chamber Music Auditorium of Deutschlandfunk, Cologne, Germany. DDD
CPO 777340-2 [65:06]
Experience Classicsonline


Some composers are ignored for decades, and then all of a sudden a number of discs with their music are released. I fail to understand the mechanisms behind this, but: better late than never. That certainly goes for Giovanni Benedetto Platti who is an interesting composer who worked at about the time the baroque style vanished and the classical style emerged. This development left its mark on Platti's music, in particular on his keyboard sonatas recorded complete by the Italian harpsichordist Filippo Emanuele Ravizzo. Some time ago Naxos released a disc with six flute sonatas op. 3, and here we have a CPO production with sonatas in various scorings.

Platti was born in Venice in a time when many famous masters of music were active, like Vivaldi, the Marcello brothers, Gasparini and Albinoni. It is perhaps because he felt that under these circumstances his chances of making a career were rather slim that he moved to Germany. Here he became the principal oboist at the court of Prince-Archbishop Lothar Franz von Schönborn in Würzburg. He was held in high esteem by his new employer, who in a letter called him an "incomparable oboist". He not only played the oboe, but also violin, cello, flute and harpsichord and he was active as composer and as teacher. He was the best-paid musician at the court, earning more than twice what the Kapellmeister received. In 1764 an Italian musician reported Platti's death in a letter to Padre Martini, and here he mentioned him in the same breath as Geminiani and Locatelli.

Things weren't always bright and wonderful in Platti's career, though: in 1724, just two years after his appointment, his employer died, and his successor disbanded the court orchestra. Platti had the fortune of having built a good relationship with the former prince-archbishop's brother, Rudolf Franz Erwein. He was an avid player of the cello, and this inspired Platti to write pieces with obbligato cello parts, some of which can be heard on this disc. It was thanks to this connection that he was able to spend the next years at Rudolf's court in Wiesentheid. Here he probably also composed those pieces which contain virtuoso bassoon parts. The Wiesentheid library contains another piece with a virtuoso bassoon part by the Italian composer Brescianelli, and this could well be an indication of the presence of a highly skilled bassoonist at the court.

In 1729 the new prince-archbishop of Würzburg re-established the court orchestra, which now comprised no fewer than 49 members. Platti returned to Würzburg, and in 1732 he was appointed second violinist and Kammertenor. The appreciation of his employers through the years, his excellent salary and his marriage to Maria Theresia Lambrucker, first soprano in the court chapel, were all good reasons to stay the rest of his life in Würzburg, despite the fact that it wasn't exactly one of the main cultural centres of Germany.

The programme on this disc has been well put together, guaranteeing a maximum of variation in scoring. All sonatas played here follow the pattern of the Italian sonata da chiesa, with its four movements in a sequence of slow-fast-slow-fast. They combine Italian and German elements: the former are present in the slow expressive movements, the latter in particular in the virtuosic character of the fast movements.

The very first track shows Platti's compositional skills as a beautiful theme is the subject of a dialogue of violin and oboe. Short pauses here and there contribute to the expressive character of this movement. The second movement (allegro) of the Sonata for oboe, cello and bc in g minor is very dramatic and its gets a strong gestural performance here. It is followed by another wonderfully expressive movement (adagio). The largo of the Sonata in G contains great tension with its remarkable melodic development in both parts, and the repeated falling figures.

The Sonata for oboe and bc in c minor begins with a very speech-like adagio assai. The whole sonata contains suspiratio figures which isn't surprising considering the key of c minor. The same key is used in the last sonata on this disc. In particular the last movement is dark and dramatic. At the same time the qualities of both instruments are fully explored in this sonata, and the bassoonist has to use almost the complete range of his instrument.

In between the two sonatas in c minor we hear the Sonata for cello and bc in d minor. In particular in the second movement (allegro) the cello part is brilliant, with sharp accents. The following adagio then sounds very relaxed. This is a very nice sonata which is played with panache by Ilze Grudule, who also impresses with her engaging performances in other sonatas.

This is characteristic of the performances as a whole. We have a very good ensemble here, whose members show great technical skills, but who also fully explore the qualities of Platti's music. Listening to this disc one really wonders why it has taken so long for his music to be discovered. May we see more recordings with his music in the future. Anyone who likes to broaden his musical horizons, and anybody wanting to listen to good music which he hasn't heard many times before should not hesitate to purchase this disc.

Johan van Veen

 


Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools




Return to Review Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.