Tomaso Albinoni

There’s that old jibe about Vivaldi writing the same concerto 300 times, but perhaps that particular barb should be aimed at Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751) whose music is pleasant, but, it always seems, somewhat uniform so that as I listen to Op. 5 or Op. 10, I often think that this allegro is merely a repeat of that allegro in a different key.

I have read that Albinoni’s style is vocal rather than instrumental, which may be why his concertos seem so smooth and bland.

Most Baroque composers seem to have produced workmanlike pieces with occasion memorable ones, and this is definitely true of Albinoni. Op. 9, No. 2 is catchy where the rest are like a paste of which all parts are equally delightful.

I have a reasonable range of Albinoni’s instrumental pieces from Op. 2 to 4-7, 9 & 10.

Life and whatever in the imperium sericum.

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