Veracini: Complete Sonate accademiche, Op. 2

Trio Settecento
186:48 (3 CDs)
Cedille CDR 90000 155

Following hot on the heels of Rie Kimura’s recording of two of Veracini’s monumental op. 2 sonatas, along comes the formidable Rachel Barton Pine and her colleagues John Mark Rozendaal on cello and David Schrader on harpsichord (who also features on Cedille’s Greene: Six Overtures in Seven Parts) with a three disc set of the complete publication. The recording emphasizes the stringed instrument sound, with the harmonic support of the keyboard mostly in the aural background. In her personal note that accompanies the recording, Barton Pine explains how the initial discussions didn’t even involve the harpsichordist, but that the final sound is the fruits of their giving several houses concerts and gauging the reaction of audiences. I do not recommend listening to all three CDs one after another – there is so much to enjoy, with every track demonstrating different aspects of Veracini’s creativity and Barton Pine’s virtuosity; it would be a sin to take any of it for granted; these are extraoradinary performances by anyone’s standards, and I am sure this will be the benchmark against which future recordings will be judged. Bravo to all involved!

Brian Clark