Arcangelo Corelli
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1653-02-17
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Biography

One of the truly seminal figures of the late Baroque, Arcangelo Corelli was born in the small northern Italian town of Fusignano 350 years ago in 1653. After initial music lessons with a local priest, he went as a teenager ...

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One of the truly seminal figures of the late Baroque, Arcangelo Corelli was born in the small northern Italian town of Fusignano 350 years ago in 1653. After initial music lessons with a local priest, he went as a teenager to further his studies in nearby Bologna, at that time a seat of considerable musical learning, and by the mid-1670s was in Rome playing in (and soon leading) opera and oratorio orchestras and making a reputation as a virtuoso violinist. Before long he was being taken up by some of the city’s most important and extravagant patrons: the exiled Queen Christina of Sweden was the first – as one of her ‘chamber musicians’ he dedicated his Op. 1 set of trio sonatas to her in 1681 – and she was followed by Cardinal Benedetto Pamphili, dedicatee of the Op. 2 trios in 1685; finally, when Pamphili left Rome in 1690, Corelli found a new benefactor in Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, to whom he dedicated his Op. 4 trios, and in whose palace he lived for almost the rest of his life.

Corelli’s relationship to these patrons was more than that of servant to master, however. Ottoboni in particular seems to have regarded the composer as a friend, and it was through connections such as these that Corelli was able to move in the highest social milieux; in 1706 he was even elected as one of only a handful of musicians to the select (and largely aristocratic) artistic circle known as the Accademia degli Arcadi. By then he had already published his highly influential Op. 5 violin sonatas (1700), and may well have been at work already on his single set of concerti grossi, published posthumously in 1714 as Op. 6.

Corelli was one of the most famous and respected musical figures of his time, described as early as 1689 as ‘the new Orpheus of our age’. As a violinist he was one of Europe’s most sought-after teachers, exerting an influence on instrumental technique which spread well into the 18th century. As a composer he was even more revered. Though his output extended only to instrumental music, his 48 published trio sonatas, 12 solo violin sonatas and 12 concerti grossi were quickly recognised as offering supreme models of their kind. They were not new inventions, but Corelli’s achievement was to codify what were then loosely defined genres into undisputed archetypes of classical elegance, refinement and formal clarity that would come to be identified with him above all others, and which would play a major part in defining the musical language of the ensuing century. His burial in the Pantheon in Rome, near to Raphael, is testament to his contemporary standing as an artist.

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Robert King, Arcangelo Corelli & The King's Consort
Concerto Grosso in F major (Op.6 No.9)
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Concerto Grosso in F major (Op.6 No.9) Concerto Grosso in F major (Op.6 No.9) Concerto Grosso in F major (Op.6 No.9) Concerto Grosso in F major (Op.6 No.9)

Concerto Grosso in F major (Op.6 No.9)

Ensemble
The King's Consort
Director
Robert King
Arcangelo Corelli, Il Seminario Musicale & Gérard Lesne
Trio sonata (Op.3 No.8) in C major
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Trio sonata (Op.3 No.8) in C major Trio sonata (Op.3 No.8) in C major Trio sonata (Op.3 No.8) in C major Trio sonata (Op.3 No.8) in C major
Arcangelo Corelli, Europa Galante & Fabio Biondi
Concerto Grosso in D (Op.6 No.4)
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Concerto Grosso in D (Op.6 No.4) Concerto Grosso in D (Op.6 No.4) Concerto Grosso in D (Op.6 No.4) Concerto Grosso in D (Op.6 No.4)
Arcangelo Corelli, Avison Ensemble & Pavlo Beznosiuk
Sonata da camera in E-flat Major, No.11, Opus 2
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Sonata da camera in E-flat Major, No.11, Opus 2 Sonata da camera in E-flat Major, No.11, Opus 2 Sonata da camera in E-flat Major, No.11, Opus 2 Sonata da camera in E-flat Major, No.11, Opus 2
Dieterich Buxtehude & Arcangelo Corelli
Sonata in B-flat major for violin, viola da gamba and basso - continuo BuxWV255 - 1. Ciaccona-Vivace (1st mvt)
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Sonata in B-flat major for violin, viola da gamba and basso - continuo BuxWV255 - 1. Ciaccona-Vivace (1st mvt) Sonata in B-flat major for violin, viola da gamba and basso - continuo BuxWV255 - 1. Ciaccona-Vivace (1st mvt) Sonata in B-flat major for violin, viola da gamba and basso - continuo BuxWV255 - 1. Ciaccona-Vivace (1st mvt) Sonata in B-flat major for violin, viola da gamba and basso - continuo BuxWV255 - 1. Ciaccona-Vivace (1st mvt)

Sonata in B-flat major for violin, viola da gamba and basso - continuo BuxWV255 - 1. Ciaccona-Vivace (1st mvt)

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Vilde Frang, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arcangelo Corelli & Jonathan Cohen
Concerto no. 1 in B flat major K.207 for violin and orch - 3rd mvt Presto
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Concerto no. 1 in B flat major K.207 for violin and orch - 3rd mvt Presto Concerto no. 1 in B flat major K.207 for violin and orch - 3rd mvt Presto Concerto no. 1 in B flat major K.207 for violin and orch - 3rd mvt Presto Concerto no. 1 in B flat major K.207 for violin and orch - 3rd mvt Presto

Concerto no. 1 in B flat major K.207 for violin and orch - 3rd mvt Presto

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Conductor
Jonathan Cohen
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Maxim Rysanov, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vilde Frang, Arcangelo Corelli & Jonathan Cohen
Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364 (KE.320d); iii) Presto
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Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364 (KE.320d); iii) Presto Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364 (KE.320d); iii) Presto Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364 (KE.320d); iii) Presto Sinfonia concertante in E flat major K.364 (KE.320d); iii) Presto
The English Concert, Arcangelo Corelli & Trevor Pinnock
Concerto grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 2
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Concerto grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 2 Concerto grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 2 Concerto grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 2 Concerto grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 2
Arcangelo Corelli & London Baroque
Sonata da Chiesa in B minor (Op.1 No.6)
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Sonata da Chiesa in B minor (Op.1 No.6) Sonata da Chiesa in B minor (Op.1 No.6) Sonata da Chiesa in B minor (Op.1 No.6) Sonata da Chiesa in B minor (Op.1 No.6)
Crispian Steele-Perkins, Arcangelo Corelli, The King's Consort & Robert King
Sonata for trumpet, two violins & continuo in D major
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Sonata for trumpet, two violins & continuo in D major Sonata for trumpet, two violins & continuo in D major Sonata for trumpet, two violins & continuo in D major Sonata for trumpet, two violins & continuo in D major

Sonata for trumpet, two violins & continuo in D major

Ensemble
The King's Consort
Director
Robert King
Arcangelo Corelli, Michael Schneider & Vokalensemble La Stagione
Sonata a quattro in G minor
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Sonata a quattro in G minor Sonata a quattro in G minor Sonata a quattro in G minor Sonata a quattro in G minor
Arcangelo Corelli, Les Violons du Roy & Raphaël Pichon
Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6 no.8 ('Christmas')
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Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6 no.8 ('Christmas') Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6 no.8 ('Christmas') Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6 no.8 ('Christmas') Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6 no.8 ('Christmas')
Arcangelo Corelli & London Baroque
Trio Sonata in D minor (Op.1 No.11)
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Trio Sonata in D minor (Op.1 No.11) Trio Sonata in D minor (Op.1 No.11) Trio Sonata in D minor (Op.1 No.11) Trio Sonata in D minor (Op.1 No.11)
Joseph Haydn, Arcangelo Corelli & Jonathan Cohler
Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Hob I:105 (Allegro)
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Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Hob I:105 (Allegro) Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Hob I:105 (Allegro) Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Hob I:105 (Allegro) Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Hob I:105 (Allegro)
Stockholm Antiqua, Georg Muffat & Arcangelo Corelli
Trio Sonata No.12 "Giacona" (Corelli) & Passacaglia from Sonata No.5 (Muffat)
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Trio Sonata No.12 "Giacona" (Corelli) & Passacaglia from Sonata No.5 (Muffat) Trio Sonata No.12 "Giacona" (Corelli) & Passacaglia from Sonata No.5 (Muffat) Trio Sonata No.12 "Giacona" (Corelli) & Passacaglia from Sonata No.5 (Muffat) Trio Sonata No.12 "Giacona" (Corelli) & Passacaglia from Sonata No.5 (Muffat)

Trio Sonata No.12 "Giacona" (Corelli) & Passacaglia from Sonata No.5 (Muffat)

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Stockholm Antiqua
Arcangelo Corelli & Ensemble Tourbillon
Sonata in D
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Sonata in D Sonata in D Sonata in D Sonata in D
Arcangelo Corelli & Avison Ensemble
Sonata da chiesa in F Major, Op. 1, No. 1
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Sonata da chiesa in F Major, Op. 1, No. 1 Sonata da chiesa in F Major, Op. 1, No. 1 Sonata da chiesa in F Major, Op. 1, No. 1 Sonata da chiesa in F Major, Op. 1, No. 1
Camerata Tallinn, Arcangelo Corelli, Jaan Õun, Mati Kärmas & Heiki Mätlik
Sonata da chiesa in E minor (Op.3 No.5)
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Sonata da chiesa in E minor (Op.3 No.5) Sonata da chiesa in E minor (Op.3 No.5) Sonata da chiesa in E minor (Op.3 No.5) Sonata da chiesa in E minor (Op.3 No.5)
Ion Voicu, Arcangelo Corelli, Bucharest Chamber Orchestra & Madalin Voicu
Sarabande, Gigue & Badinerie
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Sarabande, Gigue & Badinerie Sarabande, Gigue & Badinerie Sarabande, Gigue & Badinerie Sarabande, Gigue & Badinerie

Sarabande, Gigue & Badinerie

Performer
Orchestra
Bucharest Chamber Orchestra
Conductor
Madalin Voicu
Arcangelo Corelli, Elizabeth Kenny, Pamela Thorby & Alison McGillivray
Sonata, Op.5 no.4
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Sonata, Op.5 no.4 Sonata, Op.5 no.4 Sonata, Op.5 no.4 Sonata, Op.5 no.4
Arcangelo Corelli & Avison Ensemble
Concerto Grossi Op.6 No.7 in D major
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Concerto Grossi Op.6 No.7 in D major Concerto Grossi Op.6 No.7 in D major Concerto Grossi Op.6 No.7 in D major Concerto Grossi Op.6 No.7 in D major
Vilde Frang, Maxim Rysanov, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arcangelo Corelli & Jonathan Cohen
Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra (K.364) in E flat major
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Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra (K.364) in E flat major Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra (K.364) in E flat major Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra (K.364) in E flat major Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra (K.364) in E flat major

Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra (K.364) in E flat major

Conductor
Jonathan Cohen
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Vilde Frang, Maxim Rysanov, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arcangelo Corelli & Jonathan Cohen
Sinfonia Concertante In E Flat Major K.364 For Violin, Viola And Orchestra (KE.320d)
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Sinfonia Concertante In E Flat Major  K.364 For Violin, Viola And Orchestra (KE.320d) Sinfonia Concertante In E Flat Major  K.364 For Violin, Viola And Orchestra (KE.320d) Sinfonia Concertante In E Flat Major  K.364 For Violin, Viola And Orchestra (KE.320d) Sinfonia Concertante In E Flat Major  K.364 For Violin, Viola And Orchestra (KE.320d)

Sinfonia Concertante In E Flat Major K.364 For Violin, Viola And Orchestra (KE.320d)

Director
Jonathan Cohen
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Purcell Quartet, Arcangelo Corelli & Jakob Lindberg
Sonata in C major - op.7 no.9
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Sonata in C major - op.7 no.9 Sonata in C major - op.7 no.9 Sonata in C major - op.7 no.9 Sonata in C major - op.7 no.9
Arcangelo Corelli, Michala Petri & Mahan Esfahani
Sonata in G major (Op 5 no 11) - last mvt
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Sonata in G major (Op 5 no 11)  - last mvt Sonata in G major (Op 5 no 11)  - last mvt Sonata in G major (Op 5 no 11)  - last mvt Sonata in G major (Op 5 no 11)  - last mvt
Vilde Frang, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arcangelo Corelli & Jonathan Cohen
Violin Concerto no.5 in A K.219 'Turkish': 3rd mov Rondeau: Tempo di minuetto
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Violin Concerto no.5 in A K.219 'Turkish': 3rd mov Rondeau: Tempo di minuetto Violin Concerto no.5 in A K.219 'Turkish': 3rd mov Rondeau: Tempo di minuetto Violin Concerto no.5 in A K.219 'Turkish': 3rd mov Rondeau: Tempo di minuetto Violin Concerto no.5 in A K.219 'Turkish': 3rd mov Rondeau: Tempo di minuetto

Violin Concerto no.5 in A K.219 'Turkish': 3rd mov Rondeau: Tempo di minuetto

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Conductor
Jonathan Cohen
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Richard Tunnicliffe, Paul Nicholson, Arcangelo Corelli, Elizabeth Wallfisch & Locatelli Trio
Sonata for violin and continuo (Op.5`11) in E major
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Sonata for violin and continuo (Op.5`11) in E major Sonata for violin and continuo (Op.5`11) in E major Sonata for violin and continuo (Op.5`11) in E major Sonata for violin and continuo (Op.5`11) in E major
Arcangelo Corelli, Sir John Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra, Pro Arte Orchestra & Evelyn (Lady Barbirolli) Rothwell
Concerto in F major for oboe and orchestra compiled Barbirolli [from Sonatas Opp.5`10 & 5`7]
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Concerto in F major for oboe and orchestra compiled Barbirolli [from Sonatas Opp.5`10 & 5`7] Concerto in F major for oboe and orchestra compiled Barbirolli [from Sonatas Opp.5`10 & 5`7] Concerto in F major for oboe and orchestra compiled Barbirolli [from Sonatas Opp.5`10 & 5`7] Concerto in F major for oboe and orchestra compiled Barbirolli [from Sonatas Opp.5`10 & 5`7]

Concerto in F major for oboe and orchestra compiled Barbirolli [from Sonatas Opp.5`10 & 5`7]

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