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Corellisante - Corelli, Telemann / Schwarz, Rebel


Release Date: 02/12/2008 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 90703   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arcangelo CorelliGeorg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Rebel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CORELLI Trio Sonatas: in G, op. 4/10; in C, op. 3/8; in A, op. 3/12; in E, op. 4/6; in G, op. 1/9. TELEMANN Trio Sonatas, “Corellisante”: No. 5 in g, TWV 42, g 4; No. 2 in A, Read more class="ARIAL12">TWV 42, A 5; No. 3 in b, TWV 42 h3; No. 1 in F, TWV 42 F2 Jörg-Michael Schwarz (vn); dir; Rebel (period instruments) DORIAN 90703 (68:08)


Even in Corelli’s fourth and last published book of trio sonatas, multi-sectional movements rub shoulders with single dance movements (as do even those of the third book, intended, if not explicitly mentioned, as sonatas da chiesa ). Perhaps that’s a somewhat old-fashioned practice, and it’s highlighted in these examples by Corelli’s stately procession of harmonies, twisting sequential ribbons of melody spiced around regularly recurring suspensions over simple but judiciously planned bass lines. Telemann’s “Corellisante” sonatas (William S. Newman remarks that among the composers Telemann imitated, he placed the Italians “first”) take the earlier pieces as a point of departure, extending their range both harmonically and melodically. For example, the first of his sonatas on the program, No. 5, begins with a Grave in which harmonic logic is less dominant; it gives way to a Vivace, which by comparison with Corelli’s, sounds more exuberant and adventurous—qualities, of course, in which Corelli, within the scope of his own style, can hardly be found deficient, as the Allegro from the Sonata, op. 3/8, proves. However they extend their language, though, Telemann’s works vividly recall the spirit of Corelli’s explicit models, as the seamless transition on the recording from Corelli’s Sonata, op. 3/8, to Telemann’s Second Sonata demonstrates. The Corrente from that Sonata, in fact, with its sequential passages, recalls the older master even while it pushes his ethos almost to the point of unrecognizability. And Telemann has mixed into all this, as cellist John Moran points out in his highly informative notes, a mélange of international styles that Corelli would hardly have ventured to explore (although it’s clear from the compound Preludio of Corelli’s Sonata, op. 1/9, just how far Corelli had pushed his style already in his first-published set). It’s like watching a travelogue after reading Euclid.


Rebel plays on an assortment of instruments, the violins and cello of which actually come from the period (violinist and director Jörg-Michael Schwarz plays a 1668 Jacobus Stainer; violinist Karen Marie Marmer, a 1720 Antonio Maria Lavazza; and cellist John Moran a Barak Norman from about 1700), and they draw from them sonorities that never strike the ear harshly, yet sound distinctly antique. Its members indulge in propulsive ornamentation throughout; their upbeat roulades and other similar devices propel the rhythm forward before and during measures, bringing Corelli’s diamond-like clarity into closer stylistic conformity with Telemann’s luxuriant imagination, and Corelli’s serene flow with Telemann’s gushing spates. Dorian’s clear and reverberant recorded sound makes the ensemble’s communication seem even more urgent. Warmly recommended.

FANFARE: Robert Maxham


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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 4: no 10 in G major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Rebel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; Rome, Italy 
2.
Trio Sonata for Recorder, Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in G minor, TV 42 no g 4 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Rebel
Period: Baroque 
3.
Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 3: no 8 in C major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Rebel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; Rome, Italy 
4.
Trio Sonatas (6) "Corellisantes": no 3 in B minor, TV 42 no h 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Rebel
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 3: no 12 in A minor by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Rebel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; Rome, Italy 
6.
Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 4: no 6 in E major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Rebel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1694; Rome, Italy 
7.
Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 1: no 9 in G major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Rebel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1681; Rome, Italy 
8.
Trio Sonata in F minor, TV 42 no f 2 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Rebel
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
9.
Trio Sonatas (6) "Corellisantes": no 2 in A major, TV 42 no A 5 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Rebel
Period: Baroque 

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