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Violinist Gottfried von der Goltz at the head of the Freiburger Barockorchester performs Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, true hits of the baroque repertoire.
Recorded by specialists, the programme abounds of life and bursts with colours. The various playing intentions clearly enlighten the different instrumental levels and the vivid dialogue between tutti and soloists.
The enlarged continuo features a rich palette: lute, harp, harpsichord and organ are holding up the strings joined - quelle surprise - by winds. Oboe, bassoon, trombone and trumpet still enhance the dramatic dimension of these thrilling pieces.
Gottfried von der Goltz himself sought for all the clues that may provide evidence for the
presence of the additional timbres.
These passionate musicians release a brand new Corelli, from a pioneer in orchestral music. An exciting rediscovery.
The raison d’être of the new release is the inclusion of the Sinfonia to Santa Beatrice d’Este, offered here as a substitute for the Op.6/6 concerto, which borrowed its slow movement from the Sinfonia. Otherwise, we have the complete set of concerti da camera from Op.6; Nos. 8-12, which include the very well-known ‘Christmas’ Concerto, Op.6/8, are of the concerto da chiesa type. I enjoyed these performances and was especially pleased to hear the opening Sinfonia, of which there are not too many other recordings.
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