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The Man - Fact or Fiction?

Donald Macleod reveals more about Locatelli's broad range of interests and focuses on some of the scurrilous comments about his private life which appeared after his death.

After Locatelli's death, the catalogue of the sale of his belongings revealed that he evidently made a comfortable living and his very extensive library and impressive collection of portraits, scientific and musical instruments gives an insight into his cultural life. Locatelli's interest in the classics may well have informed his decision to write the only piece of his that has a title, based on the mythological figure of Ariadne. Donald Macleod introduces this atmospheric work together with the final concerto from Locatelli's collection 'L'arte del violino' which contains one of his infamous caprices and earned the concerto its nickname 'The Harmonic Labyrinth' - easy to enter, difficult to escape.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 4 Apr 2014 18:30

Music Played

  • Pietro Locatelli

    Trio sonata in A major Op.8`7 for 2 violins and continuo

    Performer: Balazs Mate. Performer: Eduardo Egüez. Performer: Alessandro De Marchi.
    • NAÏVE: E8842.
    • NAÏVE.
    • 1.
  • Pietro Locatelli

    Concerto grosso in E flat major Op.7`6 (Il Pianto d'Arianna)

    Ensemble: Europa Galante. Director: Fabio Biondi.
    • OPUS III : OPS-30-104.
    • OPUS III.
    • 10.
  • Pietro Locatelli

    Trio sonata in D minor Op.5`5 for 2 violins (or flutes) and continuo

    Performer: Jed Wentz. Performer: Marion Moonen. Performer: Balazs Mate. Performer: Marcelo Bussi.
    • Vanguard Classics: 99087.
    • Vanguard Classics.
    • 16.
  • Pietro Locatelli

    Concerto in D major Op.3`12 (Harmonic labyrinth) for violin and strings

    Performer: Mariana Sîrbu. Orchestra: I Musici.
    • PHILIPS : 446-5062.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 16.

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