PROJECT FOR THE RECORDING OF THE BRUNETTI SYMPHONIES
RECORDING PROJECT BY THE CAMERATA ANTONIO SOLER OF COMPLETE SYMPHONIES (MOST OF THEM UNPUBLISHED) BY GAETANO BRUNETTI, THE FORGOTTEN GENIUS OF 18th CENTURY
Gaetano Brunetti (1744-1798), together with Luigi Boccherini, is one of the most important Spanish composers of the classical period. Brunetti, of Italian origins, came to Spain in the 1760s, and in 1768 he began working in the Royal Chapel as a violinist. In 1770 he was appointed as the violin teacher to the Prince of Asturias, the future Carlos IV, in whose service he remained until 1798, when he died.
Brunetti is the author of 39 symphonies and numerous chamber works (50 string quartets and 66 quintets, etc.). Although this music was intended for the court, it was never edited and never left the court. This prohibited his work to be known to the public, hindering it from receiving the recognition it deserves.
Gaetano Brunetti is considered by many experts as a genius comparable to Boccherini and even Haydn.
The Camerata Antonio Soler faces an ambitious project that will aim to restore all the historic musical heritage of this great composer, consisting of the recording of his entire symphonic and orchestral works, which are 39 symphonies (33 of them unpublished in the music business), the Variations for orchestra and some sets of minuets and contredanses; all of which will be recorded in a total of 14 cd’s. The Spanish ensemble has already recorded six of Brunetti’s symphonies in two CD’s, besides a CD with Arias & Scenes by Brunetti and Boccherini (see “Discography”).
Their first CD, released in December 2014, was included in the TOP 10 RECENT RELEASES by Allegro Classical in October 2015, with such groups and orchestras like The Sixteen, the BBC Symphony Orchestra or the Hallé Orchestra (http://www.allegro-music.com/Download/PDF/Oct15_NRCLASSICAL.pdf).
Here you can find several reviews from specialized international media:
La Quinta de Mahler (Andrés Ruiz Tarazona): “Gustavo Sánchez… demuestra en esta grabación… sobrada competencia, pues la música de Brunetti requiere atención al sonido y los timbres en obras sinfónicas que rondan lo camerístico…” (Read more)
AllMusic Review (Blair Sanderson): “This 2015 release by Gustavo Sánchez and Camerata Antonio Soler presents three works Brunetti composed in the reign of Charles III… played with rococo elegance in historically informed style… This disc is highly recommended for listeners who like to explore the less familiar byways of the Classical symphony.” (Read more)
After the successful recording of the first album, the Camerata Antonio Soler has recorded a second CD with Symphonies 8, 25 and Concertante 3. This recording will appear very soon and includes the collaboration of the violinist Lina Tur Bonet, one of the most brilliant performers of her generation.
The Camerata Antonio Soler has scheduled one or two CDs a year. The financing should be done via concerts performed by the Camerata and also welcomes any contributions to those that wish to participate in the entire project.
With your contributions we will rescue the unknown sounds of this universal genius, just as at one time composers such as Vivaldi and Haydn and their music were rediscovered.