Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op.6

Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op.6
Composer Arcangelo Corelli
Artist Musica Amphion
Pieter-Jan Belder conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94420
EAN code 5028421944203
Release August 2012

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Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) was nothing less than a musical pioneer, a champion of the violin’s potential as a solo instrument and an immense influence on the composers who followed him, J.S. Bach and Handel included. As a virtuoso violinist, he wielded an unprecedented level of skill; as a composer, he was enormously popular throughout Europe.

Although the Italian composer’s legacy has been somewhat overshadowed in modern times, the 12 Concerti Grossi that comprise this recording are thoroughly worthy of rediscovery, and earned Corelli the description of ‘father of the concerto grosso’. Indeed, he was one of the first composers to use the term, and established many of the genre’s recognisable features. The mixture of concerti da chiesa (church concertos, which alternate slow and fast tempi) and concerti da camera (chamber concertos, similar to the dance suite) demonstrates the imagination, innovation and versatility that his fellow composers so admired.

Although the vast popularity that Corelli enjoyed in his lifetime may have declined over the centuries, the influence of his 12 Concerti Grossi is undeniable, and can be felt in later concertos by composers like Geminiani and Vivaldi, not to mention Handel’s majestic Concerti Grossi Op.6. Drawn from Brilliant Classics’ criticallyacclaimed edition of Corelli’s complete works, there is much for listeners to discover and enjoy in these recordings, which feature outstanding readings by a leading period-instrument ensemble, Musica Amphion, led from the harpsichord by Pieter-Jan Belder.

Other information:
- ‘The Concerti grossi Op.6 are full of verve here; there's a real sense of enjoyment in the playing’. The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music, October 2011.
- ‘Further recordings on Brilliant Classics featuring Pieter-Jan Belder include the Corelli Complete Edition (94412) and Scarlatti’s complete keyboard sonatas (93546).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Concerto No. 1 in D: I. Largo – Allegro
  2. Concerto No. 1 in D: II. Largo – Allegro
  3. Concerto No. 1 in D: III. Largo
  4. Concerto No. 1 in D: IV. Allegro
  5. Concerto No. 1 in D: V. Allegro
  6. Concerto No. 2 in F: I. Vivace – Allegro
  7. Concerto No. 2 in F: II. Largo – Andante
  8. Concerto No. 2 in F: III. Allegro
  9. Concerto No. 2 in F: IV. Grave – Andante largo
  10. Concerto No. 2 in F: V. Allegro
  11. Concerto No. 3 in C Minor: I. Largo
  12. Concerto No. 3 in C Minor: II. Allegro
  13. Concerto No. 3 in C Minor: III. Grave
  14. Concerto No. 3 in C Minor: IV. Vivace
  15. Concerto No. 3 in C Minor: V. Allegro
  16. Concerto No. 4 in D: I. Adagio – Allegro
  17. Concerto No. 4 in D: II. Adagio
  18. Concerto No. 4 in D: III. Vivace
  19. Concerto No. 4 in D: IV. Allegro
  20. Concerto No. 5 in B-Flat: I. Adagio – Allegro
  21. Concerto No. 5 in B-Flat: II. Adagio
  22. Concerto No. 5 in B-Flat: III. Allegro
  23. Concerto No. 5 in B-Flat: IV. Largo
  24. Concerto No. 5 in B-Flat: V. Allegro
  25. Concerto No. 6 in F: I. Adagio
  26. Concerto No. 6 in F: II. Allegro
  27. Concerto No. 6 in F: III. Largo
  28. Concerto No. 6 in F: IV. Vivace
  29. Concerto No. 6 in F: V. Allegro
  30. Concerto No. 7 in D: I. Vivace – Allegro
  31. Concerto No. 7 in D: II. Allegro
  32. Concerto No. 7 in D: III. Andante largo
  33. Concerto No. 7 in D: IV. Allegro
  34. Concerto No. 7 in D: V. Vivace

Disk 2

  1. Concerto No. 8 in G Minor, Fatto per la notte di Natale (Christmas Concerto): I. Vivace
  2. Concerto No. 8 in G Minor, Fatto per la notte di Natale (Christmas Concerto): II. Grave. Arcate, sostenuto e come stà
  3. Concerto No. 8 in G Minor, Fatto per la notte di Natale (Christmas Concerto): III. Allegro
  4. Concerto No. 8 in G Minor, Fatto per la notte di Natale (Christmas Concerto): IV. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
  5. Concerto No. 8 in G Minor, Fatto per la notte di Natale (Christmas Concerto): V. Vivace
  6. Concerto No. 8 in G Minor, Fatto per la notte di Natale (Christmas Concerto): VI. Allegro
  7. Concerto No. 8 in G Minor, Fatto per la notte di Natale (Christmas Concerto): VII. Pastorale: Largo
  8. Concerto No. 9 in F: I. Preludio: Largo
  9. Concerto No. 9 in F: II. Allemanda: Allegro
  10. Concerto No. 9 in F: III. Corrente: Vivace
  11. Concerto No. 9 in F: IV. Gavotta: Allegro
  12. Concerto No. 9 in F: V. Adagio
  13. Concerto No. 9 in F: VI. Minuetto: Vivace
  14. Concerto No. 10 in C: I. Preludio: Andante largo
  15. Concerto No. 10 in C: II. Allemanda: Allegro
  16. Concerto No. 10 in C: III. Adagio
  17. Concerto No. 10 in C: IV. Corrente: Vivace
  18. Concerto No. 10 in C: V. Allegro
  19. Concerto No. 10 in C: VI. Minuetto: Vivace
  20. Concerto No. 11 in B-Flat: I. Preludio: Andante largo
  21. Concerto No. 11 in B-Flat: II. Allemanda: Allegro
  22. Concerto No. 11 in B-Flat: III. Adagio – Andante largo
  23. Concerto No. 11 in B-Flat: IV. Sarabanda: Largo
  24. Concerto No. 11 in B-Flat: V. Giga: Vivace
  25. Concerto No. 12 in F: I. Preludio: Adagio
  26. Concerto No. 12 in F: II. Allegro
  27. Concerto No. 12 in F: III. Adagio
  28. Concerto No. 12 in F: IV. Sarabanda: Vivace
  29. Concerto No. 12 in F: V. Giga: Allegro
  30. Sinfonia to the oratorio Santa Beatrice d’Este, WoO 1: I. Grave
  31. Sinfonia to the oratorio Santa Beatrice d’Este, WoO 1: II. Allegro
  32. Sinfonia to the oratorio Santa Beatrice d’Este, WoO 1: III. Adagio
  33. Sinfonia to the oratorio Santa Beatrice d’Este, WoO 1: IV. Largo assai
  34. Sinfonia to the oratorio Santa Beatrice d’Este, WoO 1: V. Vivace
  35. Sonata a quattro, WoO 2: I. Adagio – Andante largo
  36. Sonata a quattro, WoO 2: II. Allegro
  37. Sonata a quattro, WoO 2: III. Grave
  38. Sonata a quattro, WoO 2: IV. Presto
  39. Sonata a quattro, WoO 2: V. Vivace