The musical influence of the famous Arcangelo Corelli is witnessed in this set of recordings of unjustly neglected concertos by three of his pupils.
The variety of these works is captured by the period instruments of the critically acclaimed baroque ensemble Collegium Musicum 90 under the direction of its founder, Simon Standage, who is also soloist here.
The album reveals Corelli’s influence, from a style of execution that was of vital importance to the development of violin playing to a compositional manner that, in establishing the pre-eminence of the violin, proved central to the development of the modern genres of sonata and concerto. Under its exclusive contract with Chandos, Collegium Musicum 90 has made more than sixty CDs, forty of them with Simon Standage.
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Antonio Maria Montanari: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 1 No. 2 Violin Concerto in E-Flat Major, Op. 1 No. 6 Violin Concerto in E Major, Op. 1 No. 7
Giuseppe Valentini: Concerto grosso in A Minor, Op. 7 No. 11
Giovanni Mossi: Concerto grosso in E Minor, Op. 4 No. 11 Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 4 No. 12
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“What Collegium Musicum 90 then bring to these works is ensemble-playing to relish: crisp, lucid textures, a feeling of absolute togetherness of thought and action, and a lovely combination of excitement and respect for the music. Simon Standage himself is equally on form, bringing a wonderfully clean, wiry sweetness to the solo violin lines. So a great offering, and regarding the Montanari a different and thoroughly worthwhile alternative to Ensemble Diderot’s own Montanari disc.”