Joseph Herrando (um 1721 – 1763), Six Sonatas for violon d’amour and basso continuo (First recordings)

Marianne Rônez, Violon d’amour
Elisabeth Taschner, violoncello
Ernst Kubitschek, harpsichord/fortepiano

sound samples

order no. CCD 260
EAN 4028183002600

about this recording:
Probably very few people today have every heard of Joseph de Herrando. During his lifetime, however, he was Spain’s most famous violinist. And he was also successful outside of Spain as a composer and teacher, as evidenced by his violin method, Arte y puntual explicación del modo de tocar el violín, which was published in Paris in 1756.
Herrando’s name also appears in the memoirs (1747 and 1758) of the great castrato Carlo Farinelli, who was at the Spanish court in the services of the ailing King Ferdinand VI. Farinelli soon called Herrando to his castle Buen ritiro to become one of his sixteen violinists – certainly a great honor for our musician.
sound samples (mp3):
Sonata I, Allegretto - Sonata II, Allegro moderato - Sonata III, Allegro moderato
Sonata IV, Allegro moderato - Sonata V, Allegro moderato - Sonata VI, Allegro


Freshly fallen in love with the viola d’amore


Marianne Ronez gives her attention to a delightful collection of Sonatas by Joseph Herrando (1721-1763). The stylistic italophil Spaniard dedicated the sonatas to the castrato Farinelli, after he had ended his singing career, the English music writer Charles Burney found him in Spain bowing the viola d’amore. On the ornamentation, on the diminution Farinelli understood certainly, and within this range lays the strengths of the recording of Marianne Rônez. (Reinhard Kriechbaum in Concerto 2/3 2005)

Sonata I C major
Sonata II D major
Sonata III G major
Sonata IV F major
Sonata V A major
Sonata VI C major

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