Giovanni Battista Somis (1686-1763)

It is safe to say that Giovanni Battista Somis has by now been completely forgotten, despite the great profoundness of his works, which were rather highly regarded up to the first years of the twentieth century, and were included in collections and anthologies of famous violin pieces.
This edition unearths his second opus, formed of twelve threepart sonatas, each characterised by an initial slow movement followed by two fast ones.
These compositions combine the great cantabile quality of the Italian style with a sparkling virtuoso inventiveness, admirably interpreted by the violinist Roberto Noferini with the basso continuo realisation of Chiara Cattani.


1-3. Sonata 1 in re minore Adagio, Allegro, Vivace 6:34
4-6. Sonata 2 in si bemolle maggiore [Largo], Allegro, Allegro 6:36
7-9. Sonata 3 in do minore [Largo], Vivace, Allegro 5:27
10-12. Sonata 4 in la maggiore Largo, Allegro, Allegro 7:21
13-15. Sonata 5 in mi minore Largo, Allegro ma poco, Allegro 6:26
16-18. Sonata 6 in sol maggiore Largo, Allegro ma poco, Allegro 6:32
19-21. Sonata 7 in fa maggiore [Adagio], Allegro, Allegro assai 6:39
22-24. Sonata 8 in do maggiore Adagio, Allegro, Allegro 6:48
25-27. Sonata 9 in si minore Largo, Allegro, Grazioso 6:55
28-30. Sonata 10 in sol minore Adagio, Allegro ma poco, Allegro 6:18
31-33. Sonata 11 in la minore Largo, Allegro, Grazioso 7:28
34-36. Sonata 12 in re maggiore Adagio, Allegro, Allegro 6:44
  • Composer: Giovanni Battista Somis (1686-1763)
  • Performers: Roberto Noferini, violin
    Chiara Cattani, Harpsichord
  • Musicological Text: Chiara Cattani
  • Historical Period: Late Baroque
  • Code: TC 681908
  • Edition: September 2015
  • Barcode: 8007194106350
  • Set: 1
  • Total tracks: 36
  • Total duration: 01:19:54
  • Notes: World Premiere Recording · Historical Instruments

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