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Sonata da camera in A major, Op 4 No 3

1694; dedicated to Cardinal Ottoboni

When his patron Pamphili moved to Bologna in 1690, Corelli was taken up by the young Cardinal Ottoboni and took part in the famous academies held in the Ottoboni Palace every Monday evening. To Ottoboni was dedicated another set of Sonate da camera (Op 4, 1694). (It says something for the temporal aspiration of the Princes of the Church in Rome at that time that Corelli’s church sonatas all had secular dedicatees while the Cardinals seem to have preferred chamber sonatas.) Op 4 No 3 opens with a Preludio built over a sturdy bass line. This is followed by three dances which are as unlike their French counterparts (courante, sarabande and gavotte) as one could wish.

from notes by Tim Crawford © 1987

Quand son mécène Pamphili s’installa à Bologne, en 1690, Corelli entra au service du cardinal Ottoboni et participa aux fameuses académies que ce jeune prélat organisait chaque lundi soir dans son palais—il fut d’ailleurs le dédicataire d’une autre série de Sonate da camera (op. 4, 1694). (Signe de l’aspiration temporelle des princes de l’Église, à Rome, les sonates da chiesa corelliennes eurent toutes des dédicataires séculiers, les cardinaux leur ayant manifestement préféré les sonates de chambre.) L’op. 4 no 3 commence par un Preludio bâti sur une ligne de basse robuste. Viennent ensuite trois danses aux antipodes de leurs équivalents français (courante, sarabande et gavotte).

extrait des notes rédigées par Tim Crawford © 1987
Français: Hypérion

Als Corellis Mäzen Pamphili 1690 nach Bologna zog, wurde der Komponist vom jungen Kardinal Ottoboni übernommen und nahm an den berühmten Akademien teil, die jeden Montagabend in Ottobonis Palazzo stattfanden. Ottoboni ist der Widmungsträger von Corellis nächster Kammersonatensammlung (op. 4, 1694). (Die Tatsache, das Corellis Kirchensonaten alle weltliche Widmungsträger vorweisen, während die Kardinäle Kammersonaten bevorzugt zu haben scheinen, sagt einiges über die weltlichen Aspirationen der Kirchenfürsten in Rom zu jener Zeit aus.) Op. 4 Nr. 3 beginnt mit einem sich über einer robusten Basslinie entfaltenden Preludio. Ihm schließen sich drei Tänze an, die sich von ihren französischen Vorbildern (Courante, Sarabande und Gavotte) nicht stärker distanzieren könnten.

aus dem Begleittext von Tim Crawford © 1987
Deutsch: Elke Hockings


Corelli: Chamber Sonatas Opp 2 & 4
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Corelli: La Folia & other works
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Movement 1: Preludio: Largo
Track 10 on CDH55240 [2'35] Chamber CDs for £2.50
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Movement 2: Corrente: Allegro
Track 11 on CDH55240 [1'26] Chamber CDs for £2.50
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Movement 3: Sarabanda: Largo
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Movement 4: Tempo di gavotta: Allegro
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Track 12 on CKD413 CD2 [1'28] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDH55240 track 12

Movement 3: Sarabanda: Largo
Recording date
23 May 1986
Recording venue
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Corelli: La Folia & other works (CDA66226)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: August 1987
    Deletion date: February 2008
    Superseded by CDH55240
  2. Corelli: La Folia & other works (CDH55240)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: September 2008
    Chamber CDs for £2.50
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