Carbonelli, Giovanni Stefano: 12 Sonate da Camera, Vol. 1
‘These sonatas represent in my view the best music
in terms of sheer quality that I have ever edited - and I don't exclude Vivaldi and Albinoni from
the comparison.’ - Michael
Volume 1, Sonatas 1- 6.
Talbot makes out a good case for Carbonelli's sonatas in the introduction, rightly
praising their seriousness and artistic ambition, their 'stylistic richness' (drawing on
Valentini, Albinoni and Vivaldi as well as Corelli, the main model), and their 'command of
musical form, with logical development and skilful combination of memorable musical ideas'.
Playing through them I was struck by the balance struck between the considerable technical
demands of the solo part and the rich harmonic implications of the carefully figured continuo
part. Even prominent early eighteenth- century composers sometimes found it difficult to write
convincingly in only two parts, but it is a test that Carbonelli passes with flying
It is good to report that the edition is worthy of the music. It is clearly
and elegantly printed, with the continuo figures included in the bass part (allowing
performances in which the cellist replaces the keyboard by adding chords), and with a sturdy
ring-bound score that sits flat on a music desk.
Peter Holman in Early Music Performer
As always, HH has produced another excellent example of music that needs to be more
accessible in the hands of a fine editor.
Clifford Bartlett in Early Music Review
I would change almost nothing in this excellent edition, save perhaps the font size of
the movement numbers.
Alon Schab in Eighteenth-Century Music