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Donald Macleod examines the few known facts of Albinoni's life, most of which was spent in his native Venice. His status as a composer was said to be that of a dilettante.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Venetian composer Tomas Albinoni.

He examines the few known facts of Albinoni's life, most of which was spent in his native Venice. Despite the lack of biographical information, the composer is an interesting and rather anomalous figure. He became disengaged from the family playing-card business fairly early on - presumably so that he could concentrate on his music - but he continued to earn from it. As a result, his status as a composer was said to be that of a dilettante; he wrote music because he wanted to, not because he had to. Perhaps his comfortable personal circumstances explain the relaxed mood of much of his output.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 7 Dec 2009 22:00

Music Played

  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Adagio in G minor

    Performer: The London Chamber Orchestra Performer: Christopher Warren-Green (music director)

    • Virgin VCY7910812.
    • 13.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Trio Sonata No 3 in A (1794)

    Performer: Parnassi Musici Performer: Margaret MacDuffie, Matthias Fischer (violins) Performer: Stephan Schrader (cello) Performer: Marin Lutz (harpsichord)

    • CPO 999 770-2.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Cantata, Op 4 No 5 (1702)

    Performer: Barbara Schlick (soprano) Performer: Roderick Shaw (harpsichord) Performer: Nicolas Selo (cello)

    • Etcetera KTC 207.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Sonata a Violino Solo di me Tomaso Albinoni Composta per il Signor Pisendel in B flat, S 3

    Performer: La Serenissima: Performer: Adrian Chandler (violin) Performer: Gareth Deats (cello) Performer: Robert Howarth (harpsichord)

    • Avie AV0018.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Concerto in F for two oboes and strings, Op 9 (1722)

    Performer: Anthony Robson, Catherine Latham (oboes) Performer: Collegium Musicum 90 Performer: Simon Standage (director)

    • Chandos Chan 0602.

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