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Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op 5 / Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr

Album Summary

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in D major, Op. 5/1
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in B flat major, Op. 5/2
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in F major, Op. 5/4
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in G minor, Op. 5/5
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in A major, Op. 5/6
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in D minor, Op. 5/7
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in E minor, Op. 5/8
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in F major, Op. 5/10
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in E major, Op. 5/11
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Notes & Reviews:

When Andrew Manze's groundbreaking recording of Geminiani's Concerti Grossi was released, there was immediate anticipation to hear him perform the works upon which they were based - Corelli's violin sonatas, Op. 5, arguably the finest set of violin sonatas ever assembled. The CD is an April 2003 Gramophone Editor's Choice and BBC Music wrote: "The final 'Follia' variations display more colours than you would ever believe could be drawn from a Baroque violin... simply outstanding."

bbc.co.uk - Andrew McGregor
Corelli's Sonatas have never felt more alive and less perfectly preserved than they do here, and if you care at all for the baroque repertoire or fine fiddle playing, you owe it to yourself to hear these exhilarating performances. Everything's come together for this one: repertoire, performers, recording, notes, even the perfect artwork for the cover.

Sunday Times
This is baroque violin-playing without peer today

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Considering the acknowledged status of Corelli's Op 5 violin sonatas, it's surprising how few of today's star Baroque violinists have recorded them. Published as a clear statement of intent on January 1, 1700, they're a benchmark not only in the history of the violin but of chamber music in general; yet despite being an accepted model of compositional purity and refinement which lasted throughout the 18th century and beyond, for many music-lovers - even Baroque musiclovers - they're still relatively little-known territory.

Perhaps it's their finely honed perfection which has counted against them. Maybe they just seem too polite. Accounts of Corelli's violin- playing tell us that his eyes would glow 'red as fire' and his face contort, but evidence of this volatile character has not not always been easy to detect in the written notes of the violin sonatas.

If anyone is going to find him, however, it's Andrew Manze, who has repeatedly demonstrated that the heart of Baroque music lies beyond what's on the printed page. At a time when improvisational flair and spontaneity have never been a more exciting part of Baroque music-making, Manze and his accompanist Richard Egarr are the masters of it, and here they have produced a Corelli recording which is nothing short of revelatory. Not that it's unthinkingly wild or bizarre.

Manze may have adorned the music with his customarily liberal decoration of extra doublestops, flowery arabesques and emphatic gestures - and Egarr may have performed his usual extraordinary feats at the keyboard, devising an array of inventive keyboard textures which ranges from luxurious feather-bed arpeggios and swirls to daring, stabbing left-hand double octaves (no other continuo player manages to sound so much as if his fingers were a direct extension of his imagination) - but this is still Corelli with a measure of north Italian dignity.

The resulting balance between restraint and urgency is compelling, because the performers, you feel, aren't out to shock but to search for something new and real. This really is Corelli as you haven't heard him before. The performances reach a high technical standard, as does the recording, though strangely long gaps are left between some of the movements. This vital, ear opening disc is in a category of its own, classic music in a classic recording.



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Works Details

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in D major, Op. 5/1
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in B flat major, Op. 5/2
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in F major, Op. 5/4
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in G minor, Op. 5/5
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in A major, Op. 5/6
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in D minor, Op. 5/7
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in E minor, Op. 5/8
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in F major, Op. 5/10
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & continuo in E major, Op. 5/11
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5
  • Performers: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Andrew Manze (Violin)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, LTD, LLC, Nicasio, CA (11/05/2001-11/08/2001)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque