York Early Music Festival: Musica Antiqua Roma 'Approaching Corelli'
Catherine Bott introduces highlights from a concert given by Musica Antiqua Roma at 2013's York Early Music Festival. With music by Corelli and lesser-known predecessors and peers.
Catherine Bott introduces highlights from a concert given by Musica Antiqua Roma at the 2013 York Early Music Festival.
The theme of this year's York Early Music Festival is "Rome - The Eternal City". Arcangelo Corelli is a crucial figure in Rome's musical history, seen in his day - the 18th Century - as the 'Orpheus of our age'. His instrumental chamber works and concertos were ground breaking. Yet this music, which played a major part in defining the musical language of the 18th century, did not spring from nowhere. In this concert Riccardo Minasi and his ensemble, Musica Antiqua Roma consider music that formed the background to Corelli's achievements, performing works by some of his brilliant but less well-known Roman predecessors and contemporaries.
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