Fire Beneath My Fingers

Fire Beneath My Fingers


Artist: Musica Pacifica

Composers: Antonio Vivaldi, Guiseppe Sammartini, Guiseppe Tartini

Format: 1 CD


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Performing on this album: Judith Linsenberg (recorder), Elizabeth Blumenstock (violin), Michael McCraw (bassoon), Robert Mealy (violin), Clarie Jolivet (violin), Peter Bucknell (viola), Josh Lee (double bass), Daniel Stenberg (theorbo, archlute, baroque guitar), Charles Sherman (harpsichord, organ)

Fire Beneath My Fingers tells a fascinating story of great performers and performances! This program showcases Antonio Vivaldi, Guiseppe Sammartini, and Guiseppe Tartini; three of the most legendary composers of this era who were also virtuoso performers in their own rights. 

The sensitivity of their writing to the best each instrument had to offer made their sonatas and concerti models of new compositional genres. Performed by Musica Pacifica this program embodies a repertoire of music that is as rich and satisfying to bring to the stage today as it was when the ink was still wet on the page. 

Musica Pacifica is recognized as one of North America’s premier baroque ensembles. Founded in 1990, they have been described by the press as “some of the nest baroque musicians in America (Amer. Reek. Guide) and “among the best in the world “(Alte Musik Aktuell). Their stylish, high energy and virtuoso performances consistently receive enthusiastic reviews from critics and audiences alike. They have been described as “superbly elegant ...exemplifying the nest in historical performance today.”

Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Musica Pacifica are members of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and they appear with many other prominent early music ensembles the world over. 

Track List

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Concerto in F major, after RV 98/570 “La Tempesta di Mare”
recorder, 2 violins, and continuo
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Presto

Giuseppe Sammartini (1695-1750) 
Concerto in F major
soprano recorder, strings, and continuo
4. Allegro
5. [Siciliano] 
6. Allegro assai

Vivaldi Sonata in A minor, RV 86
recorder, bassoon, and continuo
7. Largo
8. Allegro
9. Largo cantabile
10. Allegro molto

Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)
Concerto in A major, D 91 violin, strings, and continuo
11. Allegro
12. Adagio
13. Presto

Vivaldi Concerto in G minor, RV 106
recorder, violin, bassoon, and continuo
14. [Allegro] 
15. Largo
16. Allegro

Vivaldi Concerto in B major, RV 503
bassoon, strings, and continuo
17. Allegro non molto
18. Largo
19. Allegro

Total time: 65:50
Release date: 2007
UPC: 053479070425

The playing, while rhythmically alert, is genial, relaxed, and even informal, to the point where one wonders if the members of San Francisco-based Musica Pacifica sit around a roaring campfire when they rehearse.
— Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare

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