Nicola Matteis was the virtuso violinist of the age. John Evelyn wrote: ‘ I heard that stupendious violin Signor Nicholao (with other rare Musitians) who certainly never nortal man Exceeded on that instrument; he had a stroak so sweet, & made it speake like the voice of a man; & and when he pleased, like a Consort of several Instruments: he did wonders upon a Note: was an excellent Composer also … nothing approached the VIOLIN in Nicholas hand: he seemed to be spiriato’d and plaied such ravishing things on a ground as astonish’d us all.’ Diary of John Evelyn, 19th December 1674
Today (11th december 2016), I spent a happy hour with his music, at the desk, my pencil at hand, on gut strings, on an anonymous late (17th Century northern Italian violin, and a wonderful bow by Antonino Airenti of Genoa. Enjoy.
Nicola Matteis (1650-1714) (At the desk recording. 11 12 16 Wapping
Praeludium in ostinatione
Praeludio in D la sol re
Sarabanda (G Major)