ATTILIO ARIOSTI (1666-1729): The Stockholm Sonatas, Vol. 3 - Nos. 15-21, Pur alfin gentil viola for Soprano and Viola d'amore.
Catalogue Number: 12L022
Description: The final volume of these sonatas, whose unusual harmonic twists, witty way with silence and juxtaposition of contrasting material have the performer here speculating that, had Ariosti chosen the violin instead of the viola d'amore, he might have become as widely popular as Corelli. Some lovely and unusual word-painting appear in the 11-minute cantata which sings the praises of the viola (or the viola d'amore) as opposed to the more prickly rose (or the violin). Italian-English texts. Emma Kirkby (soprano), Thomas Georgi (viola d'amore), Lucas Harris (archlute, baroque guitar), Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann (cello).