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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new era of string music begins, 5 Oct 2012
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Dr. H. A. Jones "Howard Jones" (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi op6 (Audio CD)
This is a splendid recording of the complete set of the Op.6 Concerti Grossi by Arcangelo Corelli, performed by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Neville Marriner. Corelli lived a generation before the better-known Antonio Vivaldi but he wrote concertos in a similar style. String instruments much as we know them today were developed in Cremona in the 17th and 18th centuries by three families in particular - Amati, Guarneri and Stradivari - to replace the viols that had been used in the previous centuries. As a result, there were several composers, in Italy especially but also elsewhere in Europe, who composed works for these exciting new-sounding instruments. The Concerto Grosso was effectively a musical structure that subsequently, in the hands of Albinoni and Vivaldi, became known simply as concertos, often with one, two or four solo violinists. Here there are three string players - two violins and one cello - playing as a group (the `concertino') in contrast to the whole body of strings (the `concerto grosso'). In addition we have a bass line or continuo made up of Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock and Colin Tilney on harpsichord or organ and Robert Spencer and James Tyler on theorbos. These concerti are quite short pieces - the longest is the `Christmas Concerto, No. 8 in the set at 13 minutes - but are they all quite delightfully warm sounding in this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Corelli, 30 April 2013
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This review is from: Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi op6 (Audio CD)
This should for part of anyone's collection of the opus 6. It was the first time really that the music got a 'fair' interpretation.
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