Francesco Zappa: 6 Duets for Violin and Cello

Let’s be clear: we’re talking about Francesco Zappa (1717-1803), not Frank Zappa (1940-1993). Zappa was a Milanese cellist and composer. He spent most of his professional life in The Hague. There he served (at various times) as a performer, composer, teacher, and impresario.

The six duets for violin and cello on this release were published in Paris. They’re written in the galant style, with well-defined melodies and pleasant harmonies.

But they’re not trifles. Zappa was a virtuoso cellist.  And he was one of the premier developers of the instrument’s technique.

The duets aren’t for virtuosi, but they do require a high degree of skill. The duets are written with the violin and cello as equal partners. Whether playing together or individually, the instruments enter into conversations.

Violinist Giacomo Coletti and cellist Anna Camporini understand that concept. As a duo, they have chemistry. Their instruments blend well. And their phrasing makes the music sound spontaneous.

These are short, intimate works. But ones well worth hearing. A fine recording to enjoy on a quiet Sunday morning.

Francsco Zappa: 6 Duets for Violin and Cello
Giocomo Coletti, violin; Anna Camorini, cello
Urania LDV 14075

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