Little is known about Francesco Supriani’s life. Born in the city of Conversano on July 11th 1678, it was probably where he began his musical studies. In 1708 he was appointed first cello of the Real Capilla de Barcelona, recently founded by violinist Giuseppe Porsile for Archduke Charles of Austria. In this way, Francesco Supriani became the first musician in Spain to be considered a cellist.
The limited amount of his works that have survived to our days are very interesting due to the light it sheds on the technical possibilities of an instrument which was, until that time, focused fundamentally to the basso continuo. The present recording is the first monography dedicated to Francesco Supriani’s music and is a perfect example of the variety of his small catalogue.