Personalities | Tomaso Albinoni | Late Baroque | Classical

(To-ma’-zo Al-be-no’-ne) 1671–1751
Italian composer

Albinoni considered himself a dilettante, depending for a living neither on the success of his com­positions nor on his ability as a performer. Although he was a prolific composer of operas, several of which were performed outside Italy, Albinoni is recognized chiefly for his concertos, the first of which (op. 2, 1700) were the earliest published Venetian concertos. A distinctive feature of his op. 7 and op. 9 collections (1715, 1722) is the inclusion of concertos for one and two oboes. Their slow movements often reveal Albinoni’s considerable melodic gifts. Some of his music was known to J. S. Bach, who may have been attracted by his leaning towards counterpoint.

Recommended Recording:
Concerti a cinque, op. 5, Collegium Musicum 90 (dir) Simon Standage (Chandos)

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