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Code: NEW PAN 10212
|GIOVANNI MOSSI (1680 – 1742) –
SONATE A VIOLINO E VIOLONE, O CIMBALO OPERA PRIMA
Sonata I in D minor; Sonata II in A major; Sonata V in B minor; Sonata IX in B flat major;
Sonata X in C minor; Sonata XII in D major
Leila Schayegh, violin; Ilze Grudule, cello
Jörg Halubek, harpsichord
Eighteenth century Rome was an attractive place for musicians with its seething mass of activity and it is easy to imagine the great skirmish which went on amongst the elite performers of the day to obtain the most prestigious and well paid positions in that city. One of these combatants was Giovanni Mossi (1680-1742). Within few years he managed to establish himself in the heart of Rome’s musical scene. In 1716, Mossi fulfilled the last unequivocal requirement to establish his career – namely the publication of his own compositions. The prestigious Amsterdam publisher Estienne and Jeanne Roger accepted his compositions.
His Sonatas Op. I, published in 1716, were received with great success. The fact that Johann Mattheson called Mossi «a follower of Corelli» is probably based on the strong parallels between the violin sonatas of Corelli’s op. V and Mossi’s op. I. Despite the formal dependence on Corelli’s model, already in his op. I Mossi’s aim seems to be to find an individual musical language. The harmonic phrases are freer and more surprising and he also uses new forms far removed from Corellian principles. These include replacing slow movements with recitatives or a French overture or dance suite. There is also a strong indication of a new musical current to be found throughout his work – the so called «Empfindsamen Stil» or «Sensitive style». This CD is the first recording of six out of the twelve sonatas in the op. I collection.