Out of Italy

Out of Italy


Phoebe Carrai, baroque cello
Beiliang Zhu, baroque cello
Avi Stein, harpsichord
Charles Weaver, lute

Release Date:

3rd May 2019

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The 18th century experienced a mass migration of musicians from Italy – hitherto regarded as “the home of music” – seeking better fortunes in nations to the north. Giacobbe Basevi Cervetto, Giambatista Cirri and Francesco Geminiani went to London, Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini to Madrid. Antonio Vivaldi aimed for Dresden though never arrived, having died en route in Vienna.

These Italian instrumentalist / composers and others are the focus of Out of Italy, an exploration of sonatas and duos for two cellos and continuo by eminent baroque cellist Phoebe Carrai and her protege Beiliang Zhu, some of them quite rare.


Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
Sonata No. 6 in B-Flat Major, RV46
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo

Giorgio Antoniotti (1680 – 1766)
Sonata in G Major, Op. 1, No. 8
I. Adagio
II. Spirituoso
III. Grave
IV. Allegro

Francesco Geminiani (1687 – 1762)
Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 5
I. Adagio
II. Allegro Moderato
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro

Salvatore Lanzetti (1710 – 1780)
Sonata Op. 1, No. 5
I. Adagio Cantabile
II. Allegro
III. Menuett Andante

Giacobbe Basevi Cervetto (1682 – 1783)
Divertimento in G Major, Op. 4, No. 1
I. Adagio
II. Andantino
III. Tempo Comodo

Giambatista Cirri (1724 – 1808)
Duetto in G Major, Op. 8, No. 3
I. Allegro ma poco
II. Adagio
III. Rondo Allegretto

Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini (1743 – 1805)
Sonata per due Violoncello in C Major, G17

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