The music of composer-violinist Giuseppe Tartini bridged the baroque and classical periods. His 135 violin concertos are filled with dramatic emotion, expressive nuances and harmonic subtleties. The fast dance-like outer movements demand considerable virtuosity while the inner slow movements are often in the form of an opera aria, graceful yet expressive, as can be heard in the second movement, “Lascia ch’io dica addio” (Let me say goodbye) of the Concerto in B minor, D.125.
"The five Violin Concertos here are in Tartini’s characteristic three-movement form (fast-slow-fast); all but D.28 (which includes a pair of horns) have string accompaniments. Their appeal lies in their fresh simplicity, which the excellent soloist Ariadne Daskalakis and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra directed spirited by Helut Müller-Brühl capture to perfection, as they do the expressive appeal of the slow movements, notably that of the G major D.80, and the D major, D 28; but the B minor is greatful too, and its Larghetto is given a title, Lascia ch’iodica addio (‘Let me say goodbye’). The recording is first class and, for those who like modern-instrument performances, as do we, the disc is worth seeking out."
Key Recording ****
The Penguin Guide - January 2009
"The Cologne Chamber Orchestra continues its spree of acclaimed Naxos recordings with this selection of five from Tartini’s 135 violin concertos. …The fast outer movements require a wealth of acrobatic ornamentation. Daskalakis audibly thrives on this virtuosity and throughout the slow movements, which in her booklet notes she calls “…the finest gems in these works…”, her sparkling tone is mesmerizing. Indeed, the lyricism in the Grave from the E major concerto is so alluring that it’s a wonder it hasn’t been recorded before. Couple these factors with clear recorded balance between orchestra and soloist and vivacious cadenzas by Daskalakis and collaborator Simon Gottschick, and this is a worthy addition to any collection."
Daniel Edwards - Stringendo - September 2008
"A disc sporting two previously unrecorded Tartini concertos is worth listening to. There are five concertos here in all so the discographic novelty factor is running at forty percent and fortunately the performances are fresh and enjoyable – so we can be assured of a fine introduction to them...There are plenty of good things here – premiere recordings and fine, stylistically aware playing from the modern instrument orchestra, tactfully directed by Müller-Brühl. And Ariadne Daskalakis plays with grace and lyrical purity sufficient to warrant considerable enthusiasm."
Jonathan Woolf - MusicWeb-International.com - May 2007