Neopolitan Cello Concertos / Sollima
Giovanni Sollima, cello; Antonio Florio, I Turchini
Leonardo Leo: Concerto di violoncello con violini Nicola Fiorenza: Concerto per violoncello ed archi - Sinfonia a 4 violini e basso continuo Giuseppe de Majo: Concerto per violoncello ed archi Giovanni Sollima (*1962): „Fesit Neap.17..“ per vipoloncello, archi e continuo
Giovanni Sollima has been successfully pursuing a twin career as cellist and as a composer and it is in both capacities that the Palermo-born musician appears now on a new recording from Glossa. Sollima teams up with I Turchini of Antonio Florio in a captivating demonstration of virtuoso concerto treasures from Leonardo Leo, Giuseppe de Majo and Nicola Fiorenza. Giovanni Sollima's empathy with the spirit of the 18th century concerto allows him not only to provide - and to play masterfully - elegantly appropriate cadenzas for the works of his forebears but to compose a modern work comfortable and at ease with its Neapolitan past (and entitled "Fecit Neap. 17..", mirroring the frequentlyfound ascription found on manuscripts in the 18th century). With a solo cellist in Giovanni Sollima, who is equally at home in the musical worlds of Patti Smith, Claudio Abbado and Philip Glass, and a director in Antonio Florio, who is equipped with his own masterful overview of Neapolitan music from the Baroque onwards, this new disc was recorded in a venue, the old S Anna dei Lombardi monastery complex in the heart of Naples, which serves to point up how powerful a forging ground for cello music Naples was from the end of the 17th century and into the 18th, as well as in our own time.