Michal Stahel - Baroque Cello Sonatas

Artist Michal Stahel / Martin Gedeon / Jan Čižmář / Soma Denyés
Title Michal Stahel - Baroque Cello Sonatas
Release Date Friday, January 30, 2015
Genre Classical > Chamber Music
Composers Antonio Maria Bononcini, Francesco Aborea, Francesco Paolo Supriano, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Vivaldi, Nicola Porpora
Songwriters Antonio Maria Bononcini, Francesco Aborea, Francesco Paolo Supriano, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Vivaldi, Nicola Porpora

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Baroque cello sonatas, a high performance and sound quality

Slovak cellist Michal Stahel numbers among the most extraordinary baroque music performers of the younger generation. On this recording, he introduces rarely heard and unknown chamber works for violoncello by Italian composers and cellists who worked in Vienna during the first half of the 18th century. The cello played here by Stahel was made in Vienna during the exact same period and belongs to the Esterházy Private Foundation today. And it was in the authentic space of the chapel in the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt that Michal Stahel brought to life forgotten pieces and revived the spirit of the era during which this precious instrument was built. He was joined by a group of friends, all of them early music specialists from Hungary and the Czech Republic.The better-known sonatas by Nicola Porpora, Antonio Caldara and Antonio Vivaldi set up a contrast to the unknown repertoire, which consists of previously undiscovered works by Antonio Maria Bononcini, Francesco Paolo Supriano, and Francesco Alborea, the most famous cellist of his day. In all, this recording contains a total of five world premières. And it is very tempting indeed to imagine that some of this repertoire might possibly have been played on the cello heard here, at a time when it was still new and these composers were still alive…„Since 2009, the young Slovak cellist Michal Stahel has been performing successfully on this unique instrument. Built around 1720 at the workshop of Antony Posch, it stands out for the historical proportions of its setup, which reflect the conventions of construction and playing that prevailed up to around the middle of the 18th century. Just like its enchanting golden-yellow varnish, the instrument’s fittings are— with few exceptions—originals from the same period. Due to its provenience and its exceptionally original condition, the “Esterházy Basettl” can be viewed as a one-of-a-kind instrument— and for the last few years, it has once more been delighting numerous music lovers with its unmistakable sound thanks to the virtuosic playing of Michal Stahel.“Dr. Florian T. Bayer, Head of Collections, Esterházy Private Foundation


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