5 CD recordings, +25 world premieres, +25 editions of unpublished works, and much more

The Cabinet II Project is an ambitious project started by Scaramuccia and his label Snakewood Editions that includes five CD recordings (mostly featuring world premiere recordings with 1717. Memories of a journey to Italy being the first CD), editions of unpublished scores, audio, videos and articles that accompany the discovery of a mostly forgotten repertoire contained in the private collection of Pisendel in the Dresden archive, known as Cabinet II.

– We will use the best sound recording techniques available.

– We will include extensive research reworked into the booklet essays.

– We will make the critical editions of unpublished musical works and we will include collaborations with musicologists of worldwide fame.

– This dedicated website, where we will publish and offer all these materials plus extra recordings, texts, and multimedia.

– An appealing graphic design.

The music. Unearthing forgotten masterpieces

Like chapters in a novel, we will build five programs, it will be an organized and well-thought-out travel to the past. Our novel will be divided into two main parts: Memories of a Journey to Italy  and A Cabinet Full of Hidden Treasures.

#1 Memories of a Journey to Italy

“Pisendel’s journey through Italy is a story that deserves and has yet to be told”

Prof. Michael Talbot

Imagine that you have the opportunity to fill your suitcase with the best music of your time. What would you take and what would you leave? Remember you do not have room for everything and you have to choose! This is more or less what happened to Pisendel (the concertmaster of the Dresden orchestra and one of the greatest virtuosos of his era) during his trip to Italy in 1717. For almost a year the young Pisendel toured Italy and met the greatest masters of his time, and throughout his sojourn, he collected the best compositions he could find and filled his suitcase with them. Incidentally, he was forced to use a smaller type of paper, taking up less space in his suitcase and allowing him to transport more musical treasures to Dresden

A fascinating journey that has left us a legacy of incalculable value: a sincere, intimate and personal musical image of early eighteenth century Italy.

1717, Memories of a Journey to Italy

Pisendel’s musical diary of his journey to Florence, Rome and Venice. Works by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Montanari, Valentini, Fanfani [World Premiere] and Pisendel [World Premiere].

We start our journey taking a general overview of Pisendel’s travels across Italy. The baggage of Pisendel is filled with masterpieces by the great masters of Italy. But there is more than just music behind these pieces: they tell of of a personal and intimate journey. In the Suonata à Solo fatto per Maestro Pisendel Del Vivaldi,  Vivaldi left empty space for Pisendel to complete the sonata with a movement of his own. In a mysterious sonata by Valentini, an autograph dedicated not to Pisendel but to Montanari (who was Pisendel’s teacher). How this valuable and personal score ended up in Pisendel’s hands is a mystery.

In addition, we have the exciting presentation of two world premiere recordings: a sonata by Pisendel that contains modifications by Montanari, and a sonata by Giuseppe Maria Fanfani that has not been performed since the eighteenth century.

Valentini's dedication to Montanari


More than an exciting recording project

This project means much more than recording CDs. We want to create something really original and special. The sound, the design, the booklet, this website, and the publication of the critical editions of all the music will make this project unique.

Recording with meaning. The Sound

Imagine the sound of a concert. The vibrations of the music sculpt the air and when the concert finishes, the sculpture is gone. Music is most alive when it is created. But there is something, almost magical, that allows us to catch this moment forever: recording. The way sound is captured is an essential part of the recording process. Through an original and deeply informed technique and a new approach to recording methods, our sound engineer will create a live and exciting image of the musical performance.

Beyond CD quality

Besides the traditional distribution of the CD on online platforms, the special process used in the recording will allow us to make extra quality recordings available for download. These recordings will have a superior quality that is not achievable on a CD and will provide a full listening experience.

Beautiful inside and outside

As soon as each CD is ready we want to make it available separately and at the same time we want to offer the opportunity to complete the set. The series will have a unified graphic design, which will give it a recognizable image. Under this recognizable image, each CD will have an original design linked to the content of the album, making each CD special.

Texts and music

It is very important to tell the story behind the pieces, so a full booklet essay will accompany each recording. We are aiming for high quality CD essays that sustain and enrich the musicological value that this repertoire already has as a final product of exciting artistic and academic research.

Critical editions of the music

We want to publish the critical edition of all the music contained in the CD. This will be a significant complement to the entire work, providing an extra insight and a deeper knowledge of this repertoire.

Each piece will be transcribed into modern edition, making the performance possible for every musician, by correcting mistakes, comparing with other sources, including missing information or translating the old notation into modern conventions. Each score will be accompanied by notes about the piece: historical context, sources and edition procedures.

These editions will help introduce this new and relevant repertoire to the performance scene and to make this project an actual recovery process of an important part of the European musical heritage of the eighteenth century.

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