Seventeenth-century Italy saw the rise to prominence of the violin and the emergence of a music literature specifically designed both to exploit and extend its characteristic to the utmost. All the composers represented here distinguished themselves for the breathtaking virtuosity, the inventiveness and sometimes also the delightful eccentricity they displayed in their strikingly original works.
Olga Tverskaya's fortepiano is a gorgeous instrument, with a rich, wooly bass, a velvety middle, and a ringing top. Fabio Biondi plays with romantic sensibility, fabulous technique, and, in the big Sonata in A major, depth and drama. This music can sound sticky sweet; here it's full of life and dynamism, with flowing lyricism that's irresistible.
Mario Biondi on a hunt for new talent introduces the "talent album: a unique project from the beloved artist who gives space in his new album for other artists, most of them just emerging. "Due" is a double cd of 20 songs (13 of them unreleased until now) featuring collaborations between the catanese crooner and twenty artists of the finest new jazz and talent from Italy and the world.