Violin Concertos
Christian Joseph Lidarti
Hyperion CDA67685

Francesco D'Orazio: Violino, Raul Orellana*, Milena Miatovich, Heilke Wulff, Annamaria Bianconi, Maurizio Lillo, Daniela Godio*, Luisa Di Menna: Violini, Pasquale Lepore* : Viola, Marco Ceccato* : Violoncello, Alessandro Bevilacqua: Contrabbasso, Daniele Boccaccio: Clavicembalo, Francesco Romano: Tiorba Gianfranco Dini, Loreta Ferri: Corni, Simone Bensi, Martino Noferi: Oboi, Claudio Vehr: Fagotto
*performers in the Quartetto (Sinfonia) in G major


The three violin concertos … would happily stand comparison with Haydn's works in the genre. Soloists Francesco D'Orazio gives fine accounts of Lidarti's technically demanding music and his cadenzas are nicely in the style of the period … All four works reveal a composer with a keen sense of dramatic melody … These are all world premiere recordings, and violinists looking for new repertoire should certainly hear it
Early Music News
Christian Joseph Lidarti (1730-95) is another new name to learn and not forget again. Re-discovered for these premiere recordings by a Pisan vocal and instrumental ensemble, this is another composer to scotch the "canon" which dominates concerts and recordings. Some 400 works of his can be found in the British Library and in a collection in Tuscany. These here are undated, but this eighteenth-century Italian composer bridges the baroque and classical periods. They are superbly realised by the consummate artistry and virtuosity of Francesco D’Orazio … An excellent first for Hyperion
Musical Pointers
The enchantingly radiant quality of D'Orazio's playing and Lidarti's music … D'Orazio possesses just the right kind of lithe, flexible and elegant and pure sound this music cries out for, and he directs Auser Musici (familiar from an enchanting disc of Boccherini Flute Quintets) with flair, imagination and in the slow movements a moving sensitivity to line, dynamic and harmonic pacing
International Record Review
Tunefulness, energy and general amiability … a true Classical period sensibility … The violin concertos are directed with verve and grace by the virtuoso soloist, Francesco D'Orazio … He is a lithe, elegant and characterful performer and his elaborate cadenzas are delightfully playful