The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to the poor, a beggar for others, and an inspiration to friends who accept the Gospels' life of poverty. He seeks the Pope's blessing, and he endures persecution at the hands of the family of Chiara Offreduccio (1194-1253), who becomes St. Clare. Many join the order he has established and then rebel at his expectations. In near despair - and ill - he writes a Rule to take to the Pope; then, the Lord sends him a message. He dies smiling.
Surfing in Internet, by chance I have found the website of Luigi Mangiocavallo, a violinist who has been called to be part of Orchestra of 18th Century conducted by Frans Brüggen, of Capella Reial de Catalunya conducted by Jordi Savall, La Petit Band conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken and of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra conducted by Ton Koopman, making tour in Europe, USA and Japan.
In 1989 and 1990, he recorded two sets of sonatas for violin and bass by Francesco Maria Veracini and Francesco Antonio Bonporti, with Claudio Ronco(Cello) and Marco Mencoboni(Harpsichord).
As records are no longer available to the public because not distributed on the market for a long time, they think about the value that performances may still have for many music lovers, therefore they decided to give the opportunity to listen to them. They keep the privilege to do so freely, without intermediaries, thanks to the web.
I have uploaded their 2 CD to RS, so the download is faster than from website of Mangiocavallo.
In my opinion, the trio's performance is the really very good.
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