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Il Concerto d'Arianna - Roma 1670: Stradella, Lonati, Corelli, Mannelli (2009)

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Il Concerto d'Arianna - Roma 1670: Stradella, Lonati, Corelli, Mannelli (2009)

Il Concerto d'Arianna - Roma 1670: Stradella, Lonati, Corelli, Mannelli (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 388 Mb | Total time: 60:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Dynamic | # CDS 632 | Recorded: 2006

Queen Christina of Sweden was a lavish patron of music in her own kingdom - initially she mainly extended her patronage to French musicians but from 1652 it was largely Italian musicians whom she brought to her court in Stockholm. Having secretly converted to Catholicism, Christina abdicated in June of 1654 and almost immediately left Sweden - most of her valuable library had been smuggled out earlier - and made her way to Rome, her journey there seeming at times to be effectively a series of triumphal processions; there’s a fine account of all these events in Veronica Buckley’s Christina. Once established in Rome - where her arrival was greeted by special musical performances in the Palazzo Barberini, the Palazzo Pamphili and elsewhere - she soon became one of the city’s most active patrons of literature and music.

Pavlo Beznosiuk, The Avison Ensemble - Arcangelo Corelli: Opus 1 & 3 - Church Sonatas (2014)

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Pavlo Beznosiuk, The Avison Ensemble - Arcangelo Corelli: Opus 1 & 3 - Church Sonatas (2014)

Pavlo Beznosiuk, The Avison Ensemble - Arcangelo Corelli: Opus 1 & 3 - Church Sonatas (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 789 Mb | Total time: 147:63 | Scans included
Classical | Linn Records | CKD 414 | Recorded: 2011-2012

Arcangelo Corelli is a remarkable figure in music history. He belongs to the most famous composers of the baroque era, but his oeuvre is very small in comparison with that of his peers, such as Handel or Telemann: just six collections published with an opus number and some pieces which have been preserved in manuscript. Most composers of his time contributed to more than one genre: vocal music - sacred or secular -, chamber music, orchestral works and keyboard music. Corelli confined himself to chamber music and one set of 'orchestral' music, although that term is probably not the most appropriate to characterise his concerti grossi.

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century Italy (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 391 Mb | Total time: 68:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1795 | Recorded: 2010

This release is part of an eight-disc series by the small historical-instrument ensemble London Baroque, covering the entire history of the trio sonata in four countries (Italy, Germany, France, and England) over two centuries (17th and 18th). The series is more aimed at those with a strong interest in Baroque instrumental music than at general listeners, but several of them have been attractive for anyone, and this album falls into that group. It might well have come first in a chronological series, for it includes the very first works that might be called trio sonatas, the Sonata a tre of Giovanni Cima, published in 1610, and the Sonata a tre secuondo tono, from 1621.

La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

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La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler - The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)

The Italian Job: Caldara, Corelli, Tartini, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Torelli (2017)
La Serenissima; Adrian Chandler, violin & direction

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Avie Records | # AV2371 | Time: 01:16:22

The English, historical-instrument, Baroque ensemble La Serenissima (the term was a nickname for the city of Venice) has specialized in somewhat scholarly recordings that nevertheless retain considerable general appeal, and the group does it again with this release. The program offers some lesser-known composers, and some lesser-known pieces by famous composers like the tiny and fascinating Concerto alla rustica for two oboes, bassoon, strings, and continuo, RV 151. What ties the program together formally is that it covers a range of Italian cities that were becoming cultural centers as they declined in political power: not only Venice (Vivaldi, Albinoni, Caldara), but also Padua (Tartini), Bologna (Torelli), and Rome (Corelli). There are several works by composers known only for one or two big hits, and these are especially rewarding. Sample the opening movement of Tartini's Violin Concerto E major, DS 51, with its unusual phrase construction and daringly chromatic cadenza passage: it has the exotic quality for which Tartini became famous, but it does not rely on sheer virtuosity. That work is played by leader Adrian Chandler himself, but he also chooses pieces for a large variety of other solo instruments: the Italian Baroque was about more than the violin. Each work on the album has something to recommend it, and collectively the performances may make up the best album of 2017 whose booklet includes footnotes.

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Gloria: Vivaldi, Corelli, A. Scarlatti (1993)

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Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Gloria: Vivaldi, Corelli, A. Scarlatti (1993)

Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert - Gloria: Vivaldi, Corelli, A. Scarlatti (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 60:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 437 834-2 | Recorded: 1992

This DG Archiv compilation, subtitled “Christmas in Rome” was recorded by English forces directed by Trevor Pinnock a quarter of a century ago in the resonant acoustic of the magnificent church of Santa Maria Maggiore and has worn very well. It comprises three festive works from contemporaneous, Italian baroque composers, although the Scarlatti item is certainly less familiar or celebrated than the other two. Nonetheless, it is worthy to stand alongside them, sweetly and elegantly sung by Nancy Argenta’s silvery (sic) soprano. The forces employed throughout are not large but the performers are robust and energetic, without being frantic, and the astringent original instruments are well tuned.

Lucy van Dael, Bob van Asperen - Arcangelo Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op. 5, Nos. 1-6 (2004)

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Lucy van Dael, Bob van Asperen - Arcangelo Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op. 5, Nos. 1-6 (2004)

Lucy van Dael, Bob van Asperen - Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op. 5, Nos. 1-6 (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 384 Mb | Total time: 67:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.557165 | Recorded: 2002

Corelli's violin works were the locus classicus of the instrument's tradition at the height of the Baroque era, and several of the specialists in historical violin performance have taken their turns at realizing them in something like their original forms. This recording of the six violin sonatas of the composer's Op. 5 is by two veterans of Holland's rich early music scene, violinist Lucy van Dael and keyboardist Bob van Asperen. It has several distinguishing characteristics. The written score of these works provides the performers with only partial guidance. It consists of a skeletal violin melody, plus a figured bass.

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Per la Notte di Natale: Italian Christmas Concertos (2020)

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Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Per la Notte di Natale: Italian Christmas Concertos (2020)

Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen - Per la Notte di Natale: Italian Christmas Concertos (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 252 Mb | Total time: 48:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.574264 | Recorded: 2020

Christmas celebrations are thought to go all the way back to the formidable feasting of the Vikings at midwinter, when in true Nordic fashion yuletide was toasted in. The celebration of the birth in Bethlehem is more subdued and spiritual, but it is of a far more recent date. We do not know if the Vikings celebrated yuletide with music, but music at Christmas has been a popular tradition since the Middle Ages. Today, practically all peoples around the world celebrate midwinter with special religious and cultural rituals; the precise times vary, but gifts, decorations, festivities, candles, bells and special Christmas music are apparently always part of this. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Christmas was the busiest time of the year for church composers.

Michala Petri, Mahan Esfahani - Arcangelo Corelli: La Follia, Six Sonatas, Op.5 Nos. 7-12 (2014)

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Michala Petri, Mahan Esfahani - Arcangelo Corelli: La Follia, Six Sonatas, Op.5 Nos. 7-12 (2014)

Arcangelo Corelli: "La Follia", Six Sonatas, Op.5 Nos. 7-12 (2014)
Michala Petri (recorder), Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 342 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: OUR Recordings | # 6.220610 | Time: 01:05:56

Arcangelo Corelli was "world famous" even in the world of his day. Copies of Corelli's works appeared in St. Petersburg as well as in Constantinople, Stockholm and even in America, where Thomas Jefferson spoke of being charmed completely by Corelli's music. Despite its popularity only a handful of his original manuscripts exist today and the Violin Sonatas Op. 5 have a place of honor. The pieces on this album were drawn from the second half of Op. 5 and in the original edition of 1700, published as "Parte seconda: Preludii, Allemande, Correnti, Sarabande, Gavotte, e Follia." Baroque sonatas having been inspired by dances, and playable on violin and harpsichord or ona variety of instruments, in this case, recorder and harpsichord. The easy-held nature of the sonatas allows great freedom for ornamentation and improvisation, which Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani savor with pleasure.

Barthold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen - French and Italian Flute Music of the 18th Century (2007)

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Barthold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen - French and Italian Flute Music of the 18th Century (2007)

Barthold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen - French and Italian Flute Music of the 18th Century (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 579 Mb | Total time: 128:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 30009 | Recorded: 1979, 1991

Germany's Accent label has released a series of twin-CD sets featuring the Baroque flute recordings made by Barthold Kuijken, sometimes (as here) accompanied by his cello-playing brother Wieland. The originals date back to the late '70s, when Kuijken was one of the Dutch specialists who brought historical performance out of the too-precious phase, and they still sound good. This release pairs a 1979 set of French flute sonatas from the middle eighteenth century with a 1991 group of Italian works of the same period. The two discs, both recorded in Belgian churches, don't have exactly the same ambiance, but the pairing is an intelligent one, making this a good pick from among the various discs available.

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Corelli: Concerti Grossi (2008/1986)

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Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Corelli: Concerti Grossi (2008/1986)

Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti - Corelli: Concerti Grossi (2008/1986)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.26 Gb (DVD9) | 106 min
Classical | Medici arts

As a genre, the concerto grosso is virtually unique in its ability to capture the verve and elegance of baroque music. Its most outstanding exponent was Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), whose principal concerti grossi are brought together in the present release. Recorded in the magnificent antique Basilica di San Marco in Rome, whose Baroque style dates back to the restorations of the 17th and 18th centuries, this DVD recreates a wonderful historical atmosphere. Played by I Solisti Veneti under their founder and director Claudio Scimone, this DVD also provides for an unforgettable musical experience thanks to the performers’ eminence in this repertory.

Roy Goodman, The Brandenburg Consort - Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 (1993)

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Roy Goodman, The Brandenburg Consort - Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 (1993)

Roy Goodman, The Brandenburg Consort - Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 (1993)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 747 Mb | Total time: 138:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDD 22011 | Recorded: 1992

Corelli's Op. 6 contains two types of concerto, one termed da chiesa, the other da camera. The first eight concertos of the set belong to the former category, while the remaining four, of a less ostensibly serious character, belong to the second. Sometimes the differences are little more than terminological since there are, for instance, several clearly dance-orientated movements among the da chiesa concertos. The Brandenburg Consort give an affectionate and stylish account of these works…The playing is full of vitality and also responsive to the satisfying sounds inherent in Corelli's rich ripieno textures. The concertino group of two violins and cello also comes over effectively, providing that balanced contrast between small and larger units of sound.

I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos: Torelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Manfredini, Tartini, Locatelli, Corelli (1993) [Re-Up]

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I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos: Torelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Manfredini, Tartini, Locatelli, Corelli (1993) [Re-Up]

I Solisti Italiani - Christmas Concertos (1993) Reissue 2005
Giuseppe Torelli - Antonio Vivaldi - Georg Friedrich Händel - Francesco Manfredini
Giuseppe Tartini - Pietro Antonio Locatelli - Arcangelo Corelli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 295 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Baroque | Label: Denon | # COCO-70776 | Time: 00:52:34

The Italian ensemble I Virtuosi di Roma's long tradition of performing classics of the Italian Baroque pioneered in many ways the contemporary revival of early music. When its founder, Renato Fazzano, passed away the group disbanded, but a regrouping of sorts took place in the early 80s with eight members of the original group. The new ensemble, which calls itself I Solisti Italiani, has continued the Fazzano legacy, emphasizing line and grace in presenting particularly the works of Vivaldi.

La Stagione, Michael Schneider, Soloists - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993) [Re-Up]

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La Stagione, Michael Schneider, Soloists - Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993) [Re-Up]

Alessandro Scarlatti: Cinque Profeti (Christmas Cantata) (1993)
Heike Hallaschka (Soprano), Barbara Schlick (Soprano), Kai Wessel (Alto)
Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Michael Schopper (Bass)
La Stagione; Michael Schneider, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included | 01:05:43
Classical, Choral, Baroque | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 05472-77291-2

Cinque Profeti is a little known Christmas cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti. It has a power and subtlety redolent of Handel coupled with touches of early Monteverdi. Sung here to great effect by the five soloists with sensitive instrumentalists, they play together to bring the gentle and subtle melodies - surely written to confer a sense of the special nature of the Christmas season - to life. It’s a recording which is sure to please. Opera was not performed in Rome for much of Alessandro Scarlatti's lifetime; that's why his vocal church music mostly comprised oratorios and cantatas, of which he wrote three for the Palazzo Apostolico. Only one survives: to a libretto by Silvio Stampiglia. Cinque Profeti takes the inventive form of a conversation between the five old testament prophets, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Abraham (the cinque profeti) about the birth of Christ – which was about to be celebrated on the occasion of the cantata’s first performance, in 1705 at the Papal Palace in Rome.

Fabio Biondi, Antonio Fantinuoli, Giangiacomo Pinardi, Paola Poncet - The 1690 'Tuscan' Stradivari (2019)

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Fabio Biondi, Antonio Fantinuoli, Giangiacomo Pinardi, Paola Poncet - The 1690 'Tuscan' Stradivari (2019)

Fabio Biondi, Antonio Fantinuoli, Giangiacomo Pinardi, Paola Poncet - The 1690 'Tuscan' Stradivari: Violin sonatas in 18th-century Italy (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 315 Mb | Total time: 62:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | GCD 923412 | Recorded: 2019

In the course of his illustrious career, Fabio Biondi has nurtured a remarkable empathy with Italian music from across many centuries, but strikingly so with the early Baroque violin sonata repertory, the development of which was dramatically propelled into the future by Arcangelo Corelli with his Op 5 collection. It is this empathy possessed by Biondi which has inspired the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (from its bowed instrument collection) to make him a loan of the precious 1690 “Tuscan” violin made by Antonio Stradivari, for this Glossa recording.

Sonnerie, Nigel North - Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op.5 (2003)

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Sonnerie, Nigel North - Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op.5 (2003)

Sonnerie, Nigel North - Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op.5 (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 627 Mb | Total time: 61:41+57:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 62236 2 | Recorded: 1990

If Michel Corrette was a little over-enthusiastic in crediting Corelli with the invention of both sonata and concerto form as it was known and understood in the mid-eighteenth century, Roger North had only to judge by the enormous popularity of the Italian master's works in England in the 1720s to deduce that they would be immortal… Monica Huggett…brings a sweetness of tone and a perfection of technical control that cannot but inspire admiration on their own count, but in combination with such unerring musical insight as is to be found here makes these into quite masterly interpretations… The continuo members of Trio Sonnerie are unerringly tasteful in their playing, while Nigel North on theorbo and other plucked instruments is quite stunningly imaginative.