Never heard of the guy before, but the CD is just beautiful.
Italian composer Gatti spent the second half of his life in Salzburg. He was an acquaintance of the Mozarts.
From the booklet: The recent rediscovery of the musical heritage preserved in the Biblioteca 'Greggiati' in Ostiglia (the works recorded here for the first time come from that library) has led to a new and systematic study of Gatti's compositions...
His chamber music is represented here by three pieces: a Quartet, a Sextet and a Septet. Despite the priority Zefiro have given in their choice to works for oboe and cor anglais, we notice above all a great variety in the instrumentation, with the full string section (violin to double bass) alternating with the oboe, bassoon, cor anglais and even two horns. Gatti's treatment of each instrument, and the effects he obtains in the combinations, are always perfectly unpredictable.
From the New Grove Dictionary: Few of Gatti's works were published in his lifetime, though a large number are extant in manuscript copies (especially in A-Sd, I-OS and A-KR). A good proportion of these manuscripts are autographs, frequently showing extensive revision. The works reveal a composer of great facility and assuredness. His instrumental pieces have the melodic fluidity and lyricism that would be expected of a composer whose roots lay in vocal, and especially operatic, writing. They contain considerable rhythmic flexibility, and the suavity is enhanced by frequent charming and surprising details. He composed in the forms typical of his time, but achieved a fine variety through changes of texture and rhythm so that phrases are not often repeated exactly. There are also many interesting harmonic excursions, particularly at the beginning of development sections. Gatti had a predilection for the oboe, although he was not trained on that instrument. While there is little interest in virtuosic display, per se, his instrumental parts are always interesting and often challenging. He did not generally explore extremes of range, but his F major oboe quartet (dating from about 1806) takes the oboe part up to g''' and is one of the earliest such passages written for the instrument.
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Performers: Ensemble Zefiro (on authentic instruments)