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Track(s) taken from CDH55234
Recording details: June 1987
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: July 1988
Total duration: 10 minutes 53 seconds

'The Purcell Quartet play with dedication and spirit' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Another example of the riches Hyperion finds in Baroque corners' (The Magic Flute, USA)

Concerto Grosso 'La Folia'
1726/7; after Corelli's Violin Sonata in D minor, Op 5 No 12

The reputation of Francesco Geminiani (1687–1762) has always been overshadowed by those of Corelli (of whom he was a pupil), Vivaldi and Handel, but he was one of the finest violinists of his time and wrote much worthwhile and original music. He lived most of his life in London where he arrived in 1714 (though he ended his days, and is buried, in Dublin). In 1726/7 Geminiani published two sets of concerti grossi arranged from Corelli’s Opus 5, which of course included ‘La Folia’. In Geminiani’s setting Corelli’s virtuoso violin part is mostly unchanged, but a second solo violin part is ingeniously added and the whole work is shaped by the contrast between tutti and solo.

from notes by Tim Crawford ę 1987

Other albums featuring this work
'La Folia' (CDA67035)
La Folia
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