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Gaetano Nasillo has two multi-awarded recordings on Zig Zag Territoires to his credit, both of them devoted to the Neapolitan school: the Cello Sonatas of Salvatore Lanzetti and an anthology of Concerti Napoletani, with Chiara Banchini and her Ensemble 415. Now he inaugurates his collaboration with Arcana with a programme of eight Sonatas for solo cello and continuo by the Venetian-born Antonio Caldara, composed five years before the publication of the famous cello sonatas of the most famous Venetian, Antonio Vivaldi. Written eighteen months before his death, these pages represent a substantial contribution to the late baroque repertoire of sonatas for solo cello. The continuo realization of is enriched by the alternation of the harpsichord (after Michael Mietke) and fortepiano (after Bartolomeo Cristofori). The continuo realization of is enriched by the alternation of the harpsichord (after Michael Mietke) and fortepiano (after Bartolomeo Cristofori). The keybord player Luca Guglielmi is a regular member of the most prestigious early music ensembles and since 1997 has collaborated with Jordi Savall and his ensembles.
Authoritative liner notes by Brian W. Pritchard, who has undertaken research on Antonio Caldara over a long period and written a number of articles on the composer, including, amongst others, the entries in The New Grove 2 and Grove Opera.