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Sonata Primo a Soprano Solo

Dario Castello (b. 1658 - d. 1590)

Cristina Zavalloni

Cristina Zavalloni

Composer
Dario Castello (b. 1658 - d. 1590)
Composition Year
1629
Artists
Cristina Zavalloni [soprano], Kate Hearne [recorder & cello], Dohyo Sol [theorbo], Joanna Boślak-Górniok [harpsichord]

Programme Note Writer:
© Kate Hearne

Little is known about the life of Castello, except that he was one of the leaders of instrumental music at St. Mark’s in Venice during the period when Monteverdi served there as maestro di capella. This was a time when the Venetian masters were leading the way towards establishing the genre of the sonata, and Castello made an important contribution to this movement in his publications of two books of Sonate concertante in stil moderno in 1621 and 1629. Sonata Prima is a work which moves between the new and old styles, alternating carefully worked polyphonic passages in the older canzona style with dramatic quasi-recitative sections, demanding virtuosity from the soloist in the written-out passaggi. The sonata does not have separate movements, but as with many of these early works, the alternating sections move seamlessly into one another, joyful dance sections bursting into expressive and sometimes melancholic passages, evoking all the drama of a miniature opera. 

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Sonata Primo a Soprano Solo

Composer: Dario Castello (b. 1658 - d. 1590)
Performance date: Sunday 1st July 2012
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Dario Castello (b. 1658 - d. 1590)
Work Title Sonata Primo a Soprano Solo
Composition Year 1629
Artist(s) Cristina Zavalloni [soprano], Kate Hearne [recorder & cello], Dohyo Sol [theorbo], Joanna Boślak-Górniok [harpsichord]
Performance Date Sunday 1st July 2012
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:05:28
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Small Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation Mez-solo, rec vc, lu, hpd
Programme Note Writer © Kate Hearne

Little is known about the life of Castello, except that he was one of the leaders of instrumental music at St. Mark’s in Venice during the period when Monteverdi served there as maestro di capella. This was a time when the Venetian masters were leading the way towards establishing the genre of the sonata, and Castello made an important contribution to this movement in his publications of two books of Sonate concertante in stil moderno in 1621 and 1629. Sonata Prima is a work which moves between the new and old styles, alternating carefully worked polyphonic passages in the older canzona style with dramatic quasi-recitative sections, demanding virtuosity from the soloist in the written-out passaggi. The sonata does not have separate movements, but as with many of these early works, the alternating sections move seamlessly into one another, joyful dance sections bursting into expressive and sometimes melancholic passages, evoking all the drama of a miniature opera.