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Classical - Released August 1, 1994 | harmonia mundi

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Violin Concertos - Released January 1, 2002 | Alpha Classics

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Classical - Released January 13, 2004 | Zig-Zag Territoires

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Classical - Released July 31, 2007 | harmonia mundi

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - 10 de Classica-Répertoire
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Violin Concertos - Released September 1, 2007 | Alpha Classics

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Classical - Released May 1, 2008 | Alpha Classics

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Anyone can set out to perform and record a set of compositions by a given composer. But to truly take the time to bring listeners into the world of both composer and performer, and to engage the listener with as many senses as possible, makes for a truly exceptional recording. Such is the case with this album of Tartini's sonatas for solo violin with violinist Chiara Banchini and soprano Patrizia Bovi. Tartini made a habit of writing excerpts from poetry in the margins of his scores, works he presumably read before writing to gain inspiration. This extremely well-thought-out and beautifully assembled album includes not only the text of the excerpts, but vocal settings of them as well as significant paintings to accompany each of them. Both Banchini and Bovi deliver exceptionally refined performances throughout the album. Bovi's voice is pure, elegant, and perfectly suited for music of this time. Banchini's tone on the Baroque violin is, appropriately, every bit as vocal and singing as the soprano arias. Taken all together, this album is much more than an ordinary CD that is popped in the player and listened to from beginning to end, but rather, an all-encompassing experience that truly transports listeners to another place and time. Unconditionally recommended. © TiVo
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released January 1, 2006 | harmonia mundi

Distinctions Diapason d'or - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
Supremely lovely and deeply beautiful, the performances on this two-disc set devoted to the music of Luigi Boccherini are compelling proof that the Italian-Spanish composer was more than a Rococo bantam weight. Beyond his well-known Minuet, Fandango, and "La Ritirada di Madrid" and his enormous number of cheerful cello concertos and sonatas written for the cello-playing Spanish king, Boccherini was also a composer of quartets, quintets, symphonies, and sacred works that rival those of his contemporary Haydn. This coupling of four symphonies, a string quintet, and the Stabat Mater by the Ensemble 415 led from the violin by Chiara Banchini is a wonderful introduction to Boccherini's art. In the three-movement symphonies, Banchini leads strong but sensitive performances that bring out the music's lyrical themes, subtle colors, and elegant shapes. With sweet-voiced soprano Agnés Mellon, Banchini finds within a strict sequence of recitatives and arias the sorrow, pity, and unshakable faith in the Stabat Mater. But perhaps best of all is the Quintet in C minor, Op. 31/4. The immensity of its grief, the austerity of its themes, and the intensity of expression is musically and emotionally overwhelming. Recorded in 1988 and 1991 in Harmonia Mundi's clearest, coolest sound, this two-disc set should be heard by anyone with an interest in music in the second half of the eighteenth century. © TiVo
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Classical - Released February 27, 2012 | Zig-Zag Territoires