Locatelli: Concerti Grossi
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Locatelli spent his formative years in Rome, where he laid the foundations of his style. He met Corelli. After his stay in Rome, Locatelli chose the career of an itinerant virtuoso and in just a few years his fame had spread throughout Europe. The years between his departure from Rome in 1723 and his arrival in Amsterdam in 1729 were extremely productive: the concertos forming Op.III, published only in 1733 as Arte del violin would have already formed part of the virtuoso's collection and had been performed in Venice. In Amsterdam, Locatelli devoted himself to publishing collections of works he had composed at different periods, many of them during the years of his European tour. His famous Capricci for solo violin, divided the public and critics of the time between deepest admiration and fullest condemnation of the pieces as pure artifice, but they opened a new horizon for compositions for the violin and anticipated the age of the virtuoso concerto. Apart from Op.III, the three collections of remaining concertos show the stylistic maturity of a composer in touch with very diverse musical styles.
Locatelli's ability to combine the more serious and elaborate elements of the Baroque polyphonic style with elements of cantabile and fantasia of a more modern and freer homophonic scheme enabled him to create original compositions in which we can admire the complex architecture, the vein of melody, the care with which he discovers an orchestral colour that evokes different atmospheres.
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Here is a great German band doing some really very good Italian Baroque concerti grossi in a graceful but orderly way, not too far removed from the Pinnock-like English style with plenty of energy and fine ensemble.
Gorgeous addition to the Locatelli discography, and at a superb price. Definitely worth duplication of some of the pieces if you already have Carmignola or Wallfisch in this repertoire.
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I absolutely love this album and want more! Locatelli's music could be considered rock music the way it's performed on this album. Fantastic!