Corellimania: Corelli, JS Bach, Handel, Telemann | OUR Recordings 6220682

Corellimania: Corelli, JS Bach, Handel, Telemann


In stock - available for despatch within 1 working day

Label: OUR Recordings

Cat No: 6220682

Barcode: 0747313168262

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 13th October 2023



As the progenitor of a style whose influence more or less came to define the instrumental music of the High Baroque, Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) occupies a position in music history as unenviable as it is to his great credit. Just what made Corelli’s style seem strikingly novel to his contemporaries is a tricky question. To be sure, his standardisation and popularisation of certain formal tropes – most notably the succession of movement types in Sonate da Camera and Sonate da Chiesa – was a significant part of what his followers considered the ‘Corellian’ manner. But Corelli’s actual compositional style, his way of organising musical thoughts into phrases and motives, is fundamentally derived from the expressive capabilities of his chosen instrument, the violin. Certain melodic patterns used to modulate and to effect sequences (e.g., chains of sevenths and fifths) basically derive from specificities of violin technique that amplify an instrument with origins primarily in dance music into one that in Corelli’s hands, could imitate the rise and fall of the sung and spoken human voice. This tension between idiomatically instrumental techniques and the evocation of the voice is the defining characteristic of Corelli’s style throughout all his surviving works and would establish the “Roman School” as the supreme measure of musical taste for generations.

For this exploration of the 18th century’s Corelli Craze, the dynamic star trio of Mahan Esfahani, Hille Perl and Michala Petri unite to trace the Roman’s influence, (sometimes in name only...) on the musical legacies of Bach, Handel and Telemann, and of course two works from the pen of the celebrated Italian Master, himself.

Gramophone about the Petri/Perl/Esfahani Trio’s Bach recording: “While the tonal and expressive range of the recorder, viol and harpsichord may appear constrained in comparison to, say, flute, cello and piano, in the hands of foremost players such as these, even a relatively lightweight work such as the C major Sonata, BWV1033, comes over as the ideal demonstration of a particular facet of the composer’s style and the performers’ abilities.”

This SACD is recorded in original Baroque tuning A=415, in the DXD format by producer Mette Due in Garnisons Church in Copenhagen.

Also Available

Corelli - La Follia
Corelli - La Follia


(OUR Recordings)

JS Bach - St John Passion
JS Bach - St John Passion


(MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm))

Error on this page? Let us know here

Need more information on this product? Click here