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04 March 2022
"In short this is an excellent disc and one that should entertain and entice lovers of late Baroque French music."Fanfare, 01-9-2022
Alberto Rasi, veronese, after his studies in Double Bass and Composition, studied Viola da Gamba and Violone at the Schola Cantorum Basel with Jordi Savall, and at the Conservatoire de Génève with Ariane Maurette.
Since 1978, taking advantage of his training as a Double Bass player, he began playing both the viola da gamba and violone, giving concerts and recordings with the most renowned groups.
In 1981 he co-founded Accademia Strumentale Italiana with the harpischordist Patrizia Marisaldi.
As soloist and with this ensemble he has given concerts throughout Europe and beyond. In 1992 he became Artistic Director of this group and he has recorded several CDs for the Stradivarius label of Milan and various others CD labels winning various prizes including: Diapason d’Or, 10 de Repertoire, Musica 5 Stars, Amadeus and the Midem Classical Award 2007 in the category, Early Music.
He is currently teaching viola da gamba at the Conservatory of Verona.
In 1999 he founded the Baroque Orchestra of Verona, Il Tempio Armonico, which he conducts from the violoncello, and with which he has recorded the complete orchestral music of the veronese Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco.
The Frenchman Jean-Philippe Rameau was one of the most important music theorists in the history of Western music. He introduced the term of the"subdominant" and divided chord structures into triads (chords with three notes) and tetrads (chords with four notes), and laid the foundation for the modern study of harmonics. Yet, he was also a seminal composer, and his contribution to the development of opera should not be underestimated. In the first 40 years of his life, Rameau remained in obscurity as an organ player in the country side of France. In 1722, he moved to Paris, where he published his Traite de l'Harmonie (treatise on Harmony). Here, Rameau was recognised as a major music theorist and teacher, and soon he would achieve fame as a harpsichordist and composer. Yet, Rameau had even greater ambitions. He desired to become an opera composer. His first operas Hippolyte et Aricie, Castor et Pollux en zijn opera-ballet Les Indes Galantes became huge hits. The music was harmonically a lot complexer than the audience of the time was used to, yet it was also more dramatic. Rameau received financial support from the fabulously rich La Pouplinière and his ties with the royal court. Around 1750, Rameau was at the peak of his fame and his works were being performed throughout France. However, he slowly lost the support of the philosophers and artists of the Enlightenment and after his death in 1764 his operas went into oblivion. Only in the last couple of decades, his music was rediscovered and Rameau gained the attention he deserves.
In short this is an excellent disc and one that should entertain and entice lovers of late Baroque French music.
The extraordinary skill of the performers makes listening particularly pleasant because each movement is interesting and above all the interaction between the four that was the author's aim is always clear and understandable even with less concentrated listening.
From the very first notes, this beautifully played work has a cheerful and elegant character.
Visie Gids, 14-7-2022
A marvel of this recording is that the musicians of the Accademia Strumentale Italiana, with a sensitivity and a maturity that allow them to renew the approach to this music, deploy the interpretative practice ad libitum – widespread at the time – with rigour and caution... This recording is much attractive also for the performance criteria used by the Italian ensemble.
"The recording technique has balanced the four instruments beautifully: the silvery, sparkling harpsichord keeps the leading role, but the other soloists are by no means pushed aside. In the deep Rameau waters, still truly hidden treasures appear to lie.”