CD Review – Corelli: Concerti Grossi, Opus 6

Corelli: Concerti Grossi, Opus 6
Genesis Baroque; Sophie Gent; Lucinda Moon
ABC 481 9282
★★★★

Written by Paul Cooke

With neither the large number of published works nor the modern profile of Vivaldi, Handel and Bach, Arcangelo Corelli is nonetheless a crucial figure in the evolution of classical music. Only six collections of his work were published: the sixth, revised and polished by the composer and published posthumously, was devoted to concerti grossi. Its significance rests with the way he set a small concertino group against a larger ensemble, subtly varying form, dynamics, harmony and instrumental combinations. The music is performed by Genesis Baroque in what is both their first studio recording and the first complete recording of Corelli’s Opus 6 by an Australian ensemble. The concertino group comprises violinists Sophie Gent (whose experience includes playing and teaching in The Netherlands and France) and Lucinda Moon (the director of Genesis Baroque), together with cellist Natasha Kraemer. This is a well-annotated release that will reward close listening.

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