Instrument: violin by Joseph Gagliano (Naples, 1783); bow by Gerhard Landwehr (Heemstede, 1987)
Playing time: 69'
Recording date: May 1997 (Nicasio, CA)
Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) was born in Piran (Slovenia), and spent most of his life as concertmaster in Padua. He was one of the late Baroque's great violin virtuosos, but also interested in various Renaissance pursuits such as mathematics & astronomy. Apparently he was unconcerned with self-marketing, and many of his "programs" have only been reconstructed from private correspondence in the twentieth century.
The present program is played without continuo, based upon private remarks by Tartini which suggested he only included a bass part because it was conventional. For the opening Sonata, where the written bass does include something of interest (as it does not for the others), Manze has decided to supply some of the chords from the violin at judicious moments.
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