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Domenico Scarlatti: mandolin sonatas

Please support the second CD of the ensemble Pizzicar Galante!

About the project

After the success of our first recording, Roberto Valentini’s Mandolin Sonatas (shortlisted for the International Classical Music Awards 2017), we are now embarking on a new project dedicated to Domenico Scarlatti's sonatas. The recording will be first one of some of those, at least in the mandolin version.

This project originated from the encounter between mandolinist Anna Schivazappa and harpsichordist Fabio Antonio Falcone in summer 2012 in Paris. At the beginning of our journey as a mandolin-harpsichord duo, we decided to start working on the sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti since they are the most important pieces written for this setting. In the 1980s a previously-unknown manuscript from the library of the Arsenal of Paris was discovered. The manuscript contains one piece of particular interest, Scarlatti’s D-minor sonata K. 89, which bears the indication "Sonatina per mandolino e cimbalo.” This sonata is part of a group of Scarlatti's pieces with continuo figures. This discovery suggests that such instrumentation might be applicable to the other sonatas, too.

As a result of our scholarly research based on style and historical evidence, we decided to perform these sonatas two different types of mandolins: the lively and bright  Neapolitan mandolin and the more intimate Lombard mandolin. We will use a Neapolitan mandolin built by Antonio Vinaccia in 1768 and a six-course mandolin after Antonio Monzino (1792) made by Milanese luthier Tiziano Rizzi.

The recording of these sonatas will take place in autumn 2017 in the San Basilide in Badia Cavana church in Parma (Italy) and the CD will be released in spring 2018.

This CD is the result of our enthusiasm and energy, which have characterised our work since our first concerts. We will use the same enthusiasm and energy to thank you for any help you will be able to give us. We think that this is an important musical and cultural discovery you should not miss!

Anna Schivazappa, mandolines baroques

Ronald Martin Alonso, viole de gambe

Daniel de Moraïs, théorbe

Fabio Antonio Falcone, clavecin


What are the funds for?

This crowdfunding is intended to cover the major part of the costs for the realization of the recording:

- Sound recording

- Artistic direction, editing, mixing, and mastering

- Rental of recording equipment 

- Transportation costs for musicians and sound engineer

- The cost of accommodation for four people for a week

- Rental of the harpsichord

The remaining part of the expenses will be covered by the ensemble.

About the project owner

Despite its recent foundation, the ensemble Pizzicar Galante has already established itself as one of the most dynamic period ensembles specializing in galant music for mandolin and basso continuo and is regularly invited to festivals all over Europe and abroad. The name of the ensemble comes from the Italian ‘Pizzicare’, which evokes the transparent, sparkling sound of the plucked strings. Described as ‘excellent soloists forming a very solid duo, characterized by a thorough performance resulting from intense and in-depth studies’ (‘Critica Classica’, 2014), the core members Anna Schivazappa (baroque mandolins) and Fabio Antonio Falcone (harpsichord) are curious and passionate musicians who enthusiastically work together since 2012. For specific projects, the ensemble expands to include a variable number of musicians coming from some of Europe’s leading music institutions, including gamba player Ronald Martin Alonso and theorbist Daniel de Morais. The scholarly background of the musicians ensures knowledge of historical performance practice, combined with a special commitment to the rediscovery of forgotten repertoires and composers. Sensitive to the necessity of conveying music as a living dialogue to their audiences, the members of the ensemble share a common energy which echoes in their lithe and vibrant playing. Pizzicar Galante’s first album, including the world premiere recording of Roberto Valentini’s complete mandolin sonatas, has been released in August 2016 by Brilliant Classics. The CD, which has already been praised by the specialized press, has been recently broadcast by international radio stations such as RAI Radio 3 and the BBC, and has been nominated for the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) 2017.