Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632-1692)

The city of Modena, under the rule of the Este family,was the capital of the Dukedom of Modena e Reggio. Thanks to Duke Francesco ii’s fondness for the violin, music became an essential element in the most important events at the Este court, such as receptions,weddings and official visits of foreign sovereigns.These were the occasions in which the Duke displayed all his magnificence.Modena stands out for the abundance of its collection of musical documents in the Biblioteca Estense: the library is a real mine, largely unexplored so far.This consideration gave rise to the idea of making this beautiful, extraordinarily modern music available to those who are “pursuing” culture and art. So our goal is to promote a rediscovery of the enormous heritage preserved in the Biblioteca Estense, by carrying out a meticulous study of the sources of the works of the composers who were active at the Este Court in Modena, transcribing them into modern notation and critical editions, and producing monographic recordings of them.The first step consisted in the study and recording of the instrumental works of Giovanni BattistaVitali. In this fifth of 6 CDs dedicated to his music preserved at the Estense Library of Modena, the baroque ensemble Italico Splendore performs the Sonatas for six instruments Op. 11, published in Modena in 1684.These are dance movements grouped by tone in the typical manner of a suite, in a sophisticated blend of Italian and French styles.


01. Sinfonia per Camera à 6 6:33
Grave, Adagio, Presto, [d.c. Grave]
02. [Suite n. 1] 5:24
Capriccio Primo (Vivace), Giga Prima (Allegro), Gavotta Prima (Presto)
03. [Suite n. 2] 5:20
Balletto in stile Francese (Vivace), Corrente alla Francese, Borea Prima (Presto)
04. [Suite n. 3] 4:24
Capriccio Secondo (Vivace), Giga Seconda (Allegro), Gavotta Seconda (Presto)
05. [Suite n. 4] 5:43
Balletto Primo per Camera (Largo), Zoppa (Allegro), Gavotta Terza (Presto)
06. [Suite n. 5] 5.34
Capriccio Terzo (Allegro), Balletto Secondo per Camera (Vivace), Giga Terza (Allegro)
07. [Suite n. 6] 6:03
Introdutione Prima (Largo), Balletto Terzo per Camera (Allegro), Borea Seconda (Presto)
08. [Suite n. 7] 3:53
Balletto Quarto per Camera (Vivace), Giga Quarta (Allegro), Gavotta Quarta (Presto)
09. [Suite n. 8] 2:43
Capriccio Quarto (Allegro), Giga Quinta (Allegro)
10. [Suite n. 9] 5:17
Introdutione Seconda (Largo – Allegro), Giga Sesta (Allegro), Sarabanda (Presto)
11. [Suite n. 10] 9:08
Introdutione Terza (Largo), Balletto Quinto per Camera (Vivace), Giga Settima (Allegro)
  • Composer: Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632-1692)
  • Performers: Italico Splendore
  • Musicological Text: MicolVitali
  • Historical Period: Early Baroque
  • Code: TC 632206
  • Edition: June 2020
  • Barcode: 8007194107203
  • Set: 1
  • Total tracks: 11
  • Total duration: 60:50

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