Marco Ceccato, Gli incogniti & Amandine Beyer – Haydn: Concerti per Esterhazy (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Marco Ceccato, Gli incogniti & Amandine Beyer – Haydn: Concerti per Esterházy (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 57:55 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

Joseph Haydn spent much of his career as kapellmeister for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate in Hungary. This isolated him from other composers and trends in music to such an extent that Haydn said it, “forced him to become original.” He wrote many works specifically for the Esterházy orchestra, including the three concertos featured here. The Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 4 were written for Luigi Tomasini, the orchestra’s concertmaster, while the Cello Concerto No.1 was composed Joseph Franz Weigl, its principal cellist. It is fitting then that the principal players of Gli incogniti, leader Amandine Beyer and principal cellist Marco Ceccato, take the starring roles on this delightful recording of three Haydn masterworks.

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Amandine Beyer – J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas BWV 1001-1006 (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Amandine Beyer – J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas BWV 1001-1006 (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 151:32 minutes | 1,59 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz.com | Digital booklet | © Zig-Zag Territoires

After The Four Seasons, the Bach violin concertos, and the sonatas of Matteis, Amandine Beyer presents her vision of the Sonatas and Partitas, one of the pillars of the repertoire, coupled with the solo sonata of Pisendel, the best-known German violinist of his generation, who met Bach at Weimar. Continue reading

Gli Incogniti & Amandine Beyer – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8 & Other Concertos (2008/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gli Incogniti & Amandine Beyer – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8 & Other Concertos (2008/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:46 minutes | 1,4 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

The one-to-a-part Gli Incogniti offer a pliant, transparent texture, and soloist Amandine Beyer’s tone has an attractive brogue to it. Gramophone

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Amandine Beyer, Leila Schayegh – Caldara: Trio Sonatas (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Amandine Beyer, Leila Schayegh – Caldara: Trio Sonatas (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:33 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Glossa

Two former students of the Schola Cantorum in Basel, both now captivating audiences each with their individual violinistic artistry, Amandine Beyer and Leila Schayegh, join forces for a new SCB recording devoted to the trio sonata music of Antonio Caldara, and issued with Glossa.

Though he is known now (as for much of his life) primarily as a composer of oratorios and operas, the Venetian Caldara made his name penning early examples of the trio sonata form; his Opp. 1 and 2 sets were published in 1693 and 1699 respectively. Caldara’s Op. 1 Trio Sonatas are characterized by their contrasting use of fast and slow movements, those from the second set by their incorporation of dances. Yet Caldara’s melodic gift – which was to serve him so well in his musical posts in various Italian states, in Barcelona, and as vice-Kapellmeister at the Imperial Court in Vienna – is already evident in Beyer and Schayegh’s selection from his instrumental publications; the composer was also already noted as a virtuoso of the cello – and he also played the violin and keyboard, and the awareness of all these instruments is greatly evident in these trio sonatas.

The continuo team here is made up of Jonathan Pesek, cello, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, harpsichord and organ, and Matthias Spaeter, liuto attiorbato. Beyer and Schayegh both were taught at the SCB by Chiara Banchini and are continuing their connection with the school as teaching successors to Banchini.

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Antonio Vivaldi – Concerti per due violini – Giuliano Carmignola, Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Antonio Vivaldi – Concerti per due violini – Giuliano Carmignola, Amandine Beyer, Gli Incogniti (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:09:59 minutes | 1,28 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source:eClassical | Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi
Recorded: 2-6 février 2016 , Pontifico Istituto de Musica Sacra, Sala, Roma

Vivaldi’s double concertos resemble jousts: ‘the standards are raised, the bystanders comment, analyse, compare, speculate, the betting counter is open’, writes Olivier Fourés. But, he continues, the joust is not for real. It is ‘the stage of a theatre where two solitudes, within a group, meet up, then both size each other up and comfort each other’. There is bound to be comparison between the two protagonists, but in the end the triumph will be collective. And the least one can say is that Amandine Beyer and her illustrious guest Giuliano Carmignola have breathed new life into this dazzling form of musical theatre!

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