Corellimania

Hille Perl, Mahan Esfahani, Michala Petri

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Corellimania is an exploration of the 18th Century’s Corelli Craze.  The album features the dynamic star trio of Mahan Esfahani, Hille Perl and Michala Petri who unite to trace the Roman’s influence, (sometimes in name only) on the musical legacies of Bach, Händel and Telemann, and of course two works from the pen of the celebrated Italian Master, himself.

As the progenitor of a style whose influence more or less came to define the instrumental music of the High Baroque, Arcangelo Corelli 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 standardization and popularization 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 organizing 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.


Michala Petri – Recorder
Hille Perl – Viola da Gamba
Mahan Esfahani – Harpsichord

Tracklist

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1.
Sonata da Chiesa B minor op. 3 nr. 4 - Largo
02:24
2.
Vivace
01:30
3.
Adagio
02:06
4.
Presto
01:27
5.
Fuge on a theme by Corelli BWV 579
04:34
6.
Sonata for alto recorder and basso continuo d minor, HWV 367 - Largo
01:56
7.
Vivace
03:01
8.
Furioso
02:03
9.
Adagio
01:21
10.
Alla breve
01:48
11.
Andante
03:21
12.
A tempo di minuetto
02:02
13.
Suite for harpsichord B-flat major HWV 434 - Prelude
02:38
14.
Sonata
01:33
15.
Air con Variazioni
04:43
16.
Minuet
03:22
17.
4 duets for recorder and viola da gamba - E minor BWV 802
02:54
18.
F Major BWV 803
03:29
19.
G Major BWV 804
02:45
20.
A minor BWV 805
02:42
21.
From 6 Sonatas Corellisantes: Trio sonata 2, A major - Largo
01:23
22.
Allemande
02:39
23.
Sarabanda
02:28
24.
Corrente
02:25
25.
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen from Leipziger Chorale BWV 658
04:48
26.
Sonata g-minor op. 5 no 12 La Follia
10:09

Total time: 01:15:31

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Release DateOctober 13, 2023

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Played by three performers who are all amongst the current masters of their instruments, and with a programme made up of works by Corelli, J.S. Bach, Handel and Telemann, this album promises much. I am happy to say that it certainly delivers almost all that it promises!

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