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Corelli: Twelve Concerti Grossi

Magazine article Gramophone

Corelli: Twelve Concerti Grossi

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Corelli [R]

Twelve Concerti grossi, Op 6

Modo Antiquo / Federico Maria Sardelli

Tactus [M] [2] TB650391 (137' * DDD)

Recorded 1997. From TC650307 (9/99)

Corelli's performances in Rome were sponsored by patrons such as Cardinal Ottoboni and the Marquis Ruspoli. Surviving documents such as payment account books and eyewitness reports, however, present us with an awkward conundrum because they attest to the inclusion of trumpets, recorders and oboes in Corelli's performances of his own music, and yet his sole extant published orchestral music is the Op 6 Concerti grossi, scored only for strings and basso continuo. For his 1997 recordings, long overdue in this reissue, Federico Maria Sardelli devised an ingenious approach to re-orchestration so that we hear Corelli's famous concertos clothed in a wider range of colourful instrumentations. Sardelli's erudite essay asserts that this approach 'forces us to re-examine [Corelli's] music from a totally different point of view from that which has prevailed up until now'.

It must be observed that nobody knows exactly what music Corelli performed with such forces--it was unlikely to be any of the Op 6 concertos in their refined published form. …

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