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The Palladians: Devil’s Trill and An Excess of Pleasure

Two recordings from a notable British ensemble (Linn).

Devil's Trill Cover

Photo: Courtesy of the Ensemble

The cover of the Palladians' recording "Devil's Trill: Sonatas of Giuseppe Tartini."

The Palladian Ensemble started out life in the early ‘90s as a vibrant quartet with an unusual combination of instruments—violin, recorder, cello, and theorbo. They made recordings from the get-go that have achieved nothing but acclaim on the Linn record label. Now known as the Palladians, the group’s most recent recording focused on select violin sonatas by Giuseppe Tartini. As you might expect, the violin-playing by Rodolfo Richter is exceptional.

Giuseppe Tartini: Sonata in G minor, op.1, no.10, 'Didone abbandonata,' II. Presto
The Palladians (The Palladian Ensemble) — The Devil’s Trill: Sonatas by Giuseppe Tartini (Linn, 2008)
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The Palladian Ensemble’s debut recording entitled An Excess of Pleasure is arguably one of their finest. Among the program’s offerings are several pieces by Nicola Matteis, all beautifully performed in the spirited and poetic manner that the original quartet was famous for.

Nicola Matteis: Diverse Bizzarie Sopra La Vecchia Sarabanda o Pur Ciaconna
The Palladian Ensemble — An Excess of Pleasure (Linn, 1993)
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Giuseppe Tartini: Sonata in G minor, op.1, no.10, 'Didone abbandonata,' II. Presto
The Palladians (The Palladian Ensemble) — The Devil’s Trill: Sonatas by Giuseppe Tartini (Linn, 2008)
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Francesco Maria Veracini: Sonata in A major, op.1, no.7, III. Allegro
The Palladians (The Palladian Ensemble) — The Devil’s Trill: Sonatas by Giuseppe Tartini (Linn, 2008)
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Nicola Matteis: Diverse Bizzarie Sopra La Vecchia Sarabanda o Pur Ciaconna
The Palladian Ensemble — An Excess of Pleasure (Linn, 1993)
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Nicola Matteis: Bizzarie All'imor Scozzeze (Ground after the Scotch Humour)
The Palladian Ensemble — An Excess of Pleasure (Linn, 1993)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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