Corelli: Opus 6 Concertos
Stephen Johnson unpicks the ideas and background behind Corelli's ground breaking set of Opus 6 Violin Concertos which includes the celebrated "Christmas Concerto".
He joins the European Union Baroque Orchestra directed from the violin by Enrico Onofri, and violinist Margaret Faultless. Here they explore how some of the artistic innovations of late 17th Century Rome focused the mind of a young violin virtuoso, Arcangelo Corelli, and prompted him to create what became the foundation of the influential and ubiquitous late baroque concerto.
Stephen focuses on three concertos from the Opus 6 set of 12: Numbers 4, 8 and 12, which includes the famous Christmas Concerto.
The programme was recorded as part of the 2010 Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music.