GAETANO PUGNANI (1731-1798): Violin Concertos in D and in A.
Catalogue Number: 01T005
Reference: TC 731601
Description: No date is given for either of these concertos (Grove has “before 1766” for the a major and the other was only authenticated recently) but they are unusually expansive for early Classical concertos - 28 and 32 minutes. As a violinist Pugnani was famous for his sensitivity and cantabile phrasing while demanding stratospheric virtuosity unusual for the time, the former evident in the alllegro maestoso first movements and the slow second movements and the latter on display in the finales (allegro brillante and rondo andantino - no blinding speed for this composer!). Roberto Noferini (violin), Orchestra Nuove Assonanze; Alan Freiles Magnatta.