CABINET OF WONDERS, Vol. 2 – ALBICASTRO • BITTI • FIORELLI • ANON: Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo (all première recordings)

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Works from the early 18th-Century Schrank II archive collection, Dresden

Cabinet of Wonders, Vol. 1: “Together these artists have produced a disc which deserves to be part of every collection of baroque violin music. There is every reason to give it a special recommendation.” (RECOMMENDED, Musicweb International)

Kinga Ujszászi baroque violin
Tom Foster 

Martino BITTI (1660–1743)
1-6. ‘Dresden’ Sonata No. 4 in A major for Violin and Basso Continuo, TalB SV12

ANONYMOUS (? Girolamo Nicolò LAURENTI, 1678–1751)
7-10. Sonata in A minor for Violin and Basso Continuo

Martino BITTI
11-13. ‘Dresden’ Sonata No. 1 in C major for Violin and Basso Continuo, TalB SV9

Henricus ALBICASTRO (c. 1660–1730)
14-16. Sonata in F minor for Violin and Basso Continuo

Martino BITTI
17-20. ‘Dresden’ Sonata No. 5 in B flat major for Violin and Basso Continuo, TalB SV13

ANONYMOUS (? Antonio MONTANARI, 1676–1737)
21-23. Sonata in F minor for Violin and Basso Continuo

Carlo FIORELLI (c. 1673–unknown)
24-27. Sonata in G minor for Violin and Basso Continuo

All Première recordings and played from manuscript

Recorded at the Church of the Ascension, Plumstead, London, UK, 12–14 May 2021
Produced by Tom Hammond (Chiaro Audio)
24bit, 96kHz hi-resolution recording, editing and mastering by John Croft (Chiaro Audio)

Album painting by Madeline von Foerster:

Press Quotes

“The Largo [Albicastro] teams with rhapsodic ideas marvellously developed by the two interpreters. The duo questioned, like many, the historical treatises on the art of accompaniment and on instrumental expression, but they transcend, by the naturalness of their realization, the codes of style and offer new expressive ways. The icing on the cake, the sound recording is a model of its kind: it achieves a perfect balance between the instruments and restores the timbres with striking realism.” (‘Choc de Classica’ – Classica Magazine)

“Violinist Kinga Ujszászi and harpsichordist Tom Foster are part of The English Concert and are therefore specialists in Baroque music. This can be clearly heard in their flawless performances of these unknown, but very attractive Violin Sonatas”  (

“Ujszászi’s virtuosity is without doubt, but she is also alive to the more lyrical and expressive moments, and brings a graceful lightness to even the more conventional passages.” (Classical-Notes)

Classical Album of the Week (Fine Music Radio)

“Kinga Ujszászi plays a sweet sounding 1784 violin by Antonio Gragnani, offering a wonderful array of tone colour and articulation. Tom Foster is her duo partner, providing imaginative continuo playing… This recording was one of the last projects of the late Tom Hammond, who produced it. Together with sound engineer,  John Croft, this is as good a CD as the previous volume, with an equally interesting choice that contrasts with it.” (The Consort)

The artists are continually discovering new early 18th century hidden gems from the Schrank II archive – please support the artists, if you can,  so they can keep making more recordings of amazing unheard works from the baroque era: