Notes & Reviews:
This complete recording of Corelli's magnificent Op. 5 violin sonatas is performed by Trio Corelli of Denmark on period instruments. The set is offered at a reduced price of two discs for the price of one. Opus 5, 12 Suonati a violino e violone o cembalo, was published in Rome in 1700. It contains six church sonatas and six chamber sonatas. The church sonatas represent a more serious and solemn style, while the chamber sonatas consist mainly of preludes and dance movements. One of the many editions of Op. 5 appeared in 1710 in Amsterdam. It included coloratura embellishment to the slow movements of the church sonatas which originally were presented rather plainly and simply. These embellishments were possibly composed by Corelli himself. No less than seven different versions of embellishments dating from the 18th century are known, among which the Dubourg and Geminiani versions are the most famous. The embellishments of the church sonatas believed to originate from Corelli are used on this recording. The chamber sonatas were not adorned by Corelli's own hand, but Trio Corelli adds embellishments in keeping with the tradition of the day. An exception is Sonata No. 9, where the group uses Geminiani's version, a perfect example of how these sonatas continued to inspire future generations of Corelli's students.
American Record Guide, September / October 2012
I can say without hesitation that if the current release were the only set I had, I would be quite content. There are just three musicians playing violin, archlute or theorbo, and organ. But the organ offers a warm and full continuo, and the combination of organ with both plucked and bowed strings yields a pleasing texture. In addition, the performances are lively and even sprightly sometimes - energetic and creative. Listeners who pay attention to embellishments may be interested to know that ornaments believed to have originated with Corelli are used for the church sonatas, and the musicians added their own embellishment for the chamber sonatas, except for No. 9, where they used Geminiani's ornaments.
Recording information: Hendriksholm Church, Copenhagen, Denmark (2010/2011).
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Works DetailsCorelli, Arcangelo : Sonatas (12) for violin & continuo, Op. 5
- Ensemble: Trio Corelli
- Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque