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The Six String Sonatas
Reviewed by: Colin Anderson
Reviewed: February 2011
CD No: NEWTON CLASSICS 8802041 (2 CDs)
Duration: 83 minutes [annotation advises 81]
These endearing pieces are given a frolicsome outing by I Musici (The Musicians). Rossini’s String Sonatas enjoy long-breathed melodies and witty ditties; and some movements are akin to operatic arias. Rossini could be a cheeky chappy, his writing full of surprises, not least his use of the double bass. This is music to enjoy. Richard Osborne’s booklet note adds value.