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A Bohemian in London

Duo Dorado

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1
Violin Sonata No. 53 in E Major, RI 132
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
6:16
2
Violin Sonata No. 7 in A Major, RI 119
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
7:00
3
Violin Sonata No. 9 in D Major, RI 129
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
6:05
4
Violin Sonata No. 45 in B-Flat Major, RI 125
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
8:02
5
Violin Sonata No. 46 in B-Flat Major, RI 124
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
5:06
6
Violin Sonata No. 47 in F Major, RI 136
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
5:42
7
Violin Sonata No. 23 in A Major, RI 120
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
5:37
8
Violin Sonata No. 14 in B Minor, RI 122a
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
6:36
9
Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, RI 118
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
5:51
10
Violin Sonata No. 54 in F Major, RI 137
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
7:51
11
Violin Sonata No. 15 in D Major, RI 113
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
3:08
12
Violin Sonata No. 51 in E Major, RI 134
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
3:38
13
Violin Sonata No. 52 in E Major, RI 135
Gottfried Finger; Duo Dorado
6:36
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    77:28
“…Brooks’ eighteenth-century violin, rigged in baroque style, with a copy of a bow from 1686, seems just right for the music. David Pollock provides skilful partnership. Switching between a double-manual harpsichord and continuo organ adds a degree of variety to the sound picture… The recording is clear and bright, with little of the resonance that one might expect from the acoustic of the church where the recording was made …an attractive opportunity to get to know this neglected composer. “
- MusicWeb International

Gottfried Finger was a Moravian composer and virtuoso viol player. Born in Olomouc, in the modern-day Czech Republic, and arriving in England in 1685, Finger worked for the court of James II before becoming a freelance composer.

Hazel Brooks has spent a great deal of time researching the music for this recording, all of which may be found in the British Library manuscript Add. 31466, the single biggest source of violin sonatas by Finger.

She writes: ‘Finger’s sonatas contain a quirky mix of styles. Bohemian features from his homeland, simpler Corellian traits, and the occasional nod to the English Purcellian school are fitted together like crazy paving. This is what gives them their unique charm. Many are made up of contrasting short sections rather than separate movements, sometimes linked by short passages for basso continuo alone, both features characteristic of the Biber school.

Finger left a large number of sonatas for violin and basso continuo. We performed them all, immersing ourselves in the style, and this recording presents the finest selection from his output. Because he is known principally for his copious published recorder pieces, aimed at the amateur market, Finger has sometimes been dismissed as a composer of trivial, unadventurous music. I hope that this recording will help to change that mindset, so that Finger finally receives the recognition he deserves.’
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