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Track(s) taken from CDD22047
Recording details: November 1989
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1990
Total duration: 10 minutes 49 seconds

'The recording is intimate, the performance full of wit and nuance—coquettish delays at cadences, flexible tempi that never lose a sense of dancing pulse. Although such an archival collection is meant for dipping into, I found myself listening to the complete discs in two sittings' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Nothing short of a revelation. I can honestly say that I have never heard these sonatas so imaginatively performed, nor so stunningly executed as on this beautifully recorded pair of discs. A splendid achievement all round' (CDReview)

Violin Sonata in D minor 'La Folia', Op 5 No 12
composer
published in 1700; Sonate a violino e violone o cimbalo; dedicated to Electress Sophie Carlotta of Brandenburg

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The Avison Ensemble
Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), Richard Boothby (cello), Robert Woolley (harpsichord)
Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) was one of the most sought-after violin teachers in Italy and his pupils included Castrucci, Gasparini, Geminiani, Bonporti and Locatelli. His set of twelve Violin Sonatas, Op 5, published in 1700 and dedicated to the Electress Sophia of Brandenburg, was a landmark in the history of violin playing. Over forty further editions of it appeared during the eighteenth century. Francesco Geminiani even produced a successful arrangement of the Sonatas as concerti grossi. The most famous Sonata of the set was No 12. Cast as a single movement in the form of a chaconne, it is almost too well known to invite comment, but mention should be made of Corelli’s unprecedented instinct for the overall balance of the variations; he always judges exactly when to succeed fast with slow, hectic with calm. And lest the role of the accompanist be forgotten, the Sonata ends with a sequence of dazzling semiquavers for the basso continuo. Although the famous ‘La Folia’ tune had appeared in dozens of arrangements during the seventeeth century this was its first taste of the exalted world of the sonata.

from notes by Tim Crawford ę 1987


Other albums featuring this work
'Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op 5' (CKD412)
Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op 5
MP3 £8.00FLAC £10.00ALAC £10.00 CKD412  2CDs Download only  
'Corelli: La Folia & other works' (CDH55240)
Corelli: La Folia & other works
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55240  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'La Folia' (CDA67035)
La Folia

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