Lara Hall – Benda, Pisendal & Torelli – Violin Concertos (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:13:05 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Classical
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This album is the culmination of a long-held desire to record little-known 18th century concerti. Players’ parts were prepared for this project from digital copies of manuscripts in the Schank II Collection (Dresden) including Pisendel’s scores of his own concerti and Benda’s A major concerto (penned by Pisendel). During the porcess of examining these manuscripts, Lara Hall discovered additional sketches in the Pisendel concerti manuscripts; they had been used as a notepad for virtuosic embellishment options for the solo part, some of which she has incorporated into this performance of E minor Concerto.

Following the concluding fast movement of Benda’s A major concerto, there is a beautiful fugue penned in the manuscript. Whether this was written by Benda, the copyist who happened to be John Pisendel, or another composer is not known. In concert, NZ Barok and Lara Hall have performed this as the second movement of the A major concerto, but it is placed on this CD in the order that it appears on the manuscript. Of all the movements presented on this disc, the Largo, more than any other, transcends time and place in musical effect.

The difference between the works of Torelli, Pisendel and Benda show that, despite their close proximity, these three composers were strong individual musical personalities and highlight the speed of stylistic compositional change in the era.


1. Lara Hall – I. Allegro
2. Lara Hall – II. Adagio poco andante
3. Lara Hall – III. Presto
4. Lara Hall – IV. Largo (Live)
5. Lara Hall – I. Andantino
6. Lara Hall – II. Adagio un poco andante
7. Lara Hall – III. Vivace
8. Lara Hall – I. Allegro
9. Lara Hall – II. Larghetto
10. Lara Hall – III. Allegro assai
11. Lara Hall – I. Allegro
12. Lara Hall – II. Moderato
13. Lara Hall – III. Allegro
14. Lara Hall – I. Adagio
15. Lara Hall – II. Allegro – Adagio
16. Lara Hall – III. Allegro
17. Lara Hall – I. Vivace
18. Lara Hall – II. Grave
19. Lara Hall – III. Allegro