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Mr Corelli in London: Recorder Concertos, La Follia

Audio Samples

>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 10 in F major (after Corelli 5/
>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 8 in A minor (after Corelli 5/8
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & harpsichord in G minor, Op. 5/5
>     The Favorite Gigg in Corelli's 5th Solo
>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, strings & continuo no 12 in D minor ("La Follia"; after Corelli Op.
>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 4 in F major (after Corelli 5/4
>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 7 in D minor (after Corelli 5/7
>Paisible, James (Jacques) : Ground upon the Saraband, for violin & harpsichord (from Corelli's Sonata Op. 5/7)

Album Summary

>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 10 in F major (after Corelli 5/
>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 8 in A minor (after Corelli 5/8
>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & harpsichord in G minor, Op. 5/5
>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, strings & continuo no 12 in D minor ("La Follia"; after Corelli Op.
>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 4 in F major (after Corelli 5/4
>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 7 in D minor (after Corelli 5/7
>Paisible, James (Jacques) : Ground upon the Saraband, for violin & harpsichord (from Corelli's Sonata Op. 5/7)
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Any eighteenth-century English gentleman wishing to signal his impeccable taste in music would often do so by referring to the works of Arcangelo Corelli, whose oeuvre was considered to be beyond reproach in matters of style and construction. The period saw an explosion of amateur musical societies all over the country. Gentlemen attending these societies could try their hand at "fiddling" and "piping," and their meetings were usually enlivened by food, alcohol and tobacco. Between 1725 and 1750, over fifty clubs subscribed to Corelli reprints and publications. English composers and musicians took advantage of this opportunity, creating arrangements, divisions and other re-workings of Corelli's compositions, often featuring spectacular, fully notated ornaments. Recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger, together with The English Concert led by Laurence Cummings, performs a dazzling selection of concertos and other works fashioned from Corelli's visionary Opus 5 Violin Sonatas, penned by Francesco Geminiani and other admirers.

Sunday Times
Steger nicely sets the scene, telling of England's obsession with Corelli's music and of the convivial societies of amateurs who would gather in smoke-filled rooms to play it...Steger's playing is unfailingly seductive; the English Concert under Cummings is equally delectable.

The Independent on Sunday
Steger's performance is a thrilling hybrid, dazzlingly embellished yet pure and true of tone. The English Concert match Steger's élan, with glorious solos from the ensemble.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows' Church, Gospel Oak, London, England (07/2009).



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Works Details

>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 10 in F major (after Corelli 5/
  • Performer: Maurice Steger (Flute)
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Notes: Composition written: 1729.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1729

>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 8 in A minor (after Corelli 5/8
  • Performer: Maurice Steger (Flute)
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Notes: Composition written: 1729.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1729

>Corelli, Arcangelo : Sonata for violin & harpsichord in G minor, Op. 5/5 :: The Favorite Gigg in Corelli's 5th Solo
  • Performer: Maurice Steger (Flute)
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, strings & continuo no 12 in D minor ("La Follia"; after Corelli Op.
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Notes: Composition written: 1729.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1729

>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 4 in F major (after Corelli 5/4
  • Performer: Maurice Steger (Alto Recorder)
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 9 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726

>Geminiani, Francesco : Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo no 7 in D minor (after Corelli 5/7
  • Performer: Maurice Steger (Flute)
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Notes: Composition written: 1729.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1729

>Paisible, James (Jacques) : Ground upon the Saraband, for violin & harpsichord (from Corelli's Sonata Op. 5/7)
  • Performer: Maurice Steger (Alto Recorder)
  • Ensemble: The English Concert
  • Running Time: 10 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque