Giuseppe Torelli

Biography

Born: April 22, 1658; Verona, Italy   Died: February 8, 1709; Bologna, Italy  
Giuseppe Torelli was a Baroque composer whose music served as an essential link in the evolution of the concerto grosso and solo concerto forms. His works were published in seven collections of concertos, sinfonias, and sonatas, all appearing chronologically. Thus, one can trace his progress from the rather conventional style of the early chamber-oriented concertos and sonatas to the more expansive and stronger efforts of the middle sets. The Read more last two of his collections, 12 Concerti musicali and 12 Concerti grossi con una pastorale are the flowering of his efforts in the these genres. The Concerti musicali are more deftly written than his previous efforts, with ritornellos taking a more prominent role, while the Concerti grossi show his full grasp of structure and a crucial balancing of the roles of the soloist and the orchestral players.

Torelli was born in Verona, Italy, on April 22, 1658. Not much is known about his early years, though it has been suggested that Giuliano Massaroti was one of Torelli's earliest teachers, owing to his close proximity in Verona. Torelli departed Verona in the early 1680s and shortly afterward may have taken the post as maestro di cappella at the Imola Cathedral in the Bologna province. An accomplished string player, he also began studying composition with G.A. Perti around this time. Torelli's first published works were the ten Sonate a 3, for violin and basso continuo, and 12 Concerto da camera for two violins and basso continuo. Both appeared in 1686, and were probably written shortly after his arrival in Bologna.

In 1687, Torelli published his third collection of works, this one a set of 12 Sinfonie, for two to four instruments. His next (1688) was the 12 Concertino per camera, for violin and cello. Around 1690 Torelli began writing his first trumpet works, the Suonata con stromenti e tromba. The composer's growing interest in the trumpet, unusual for a string player, likely owed something to the virtuoso trumpeter Giovanni Pellegrino Brandi, who occasionally performed with the San Petronio orchestra, of which Torelli was a member.

In 1692 Torelli published another collection of works, the Sinfonie a 3 e concerti a 4. Four years later he departed Bologna, eventually reaching Ansbach, Germany, where he engaged in some joint musical ventures with his friend, Pistocchi, the famous castrato and composer. There are accounts that during this time, Torelli toured Germany with Pistocchi.

Torelli was appointed maestro di concerto in Ansbach, probably in 1697. It appears that during his tenure there, he wrote very little music, apparently finding the duties demanding. The composer was known to suffer from hypochondria in his later years, and the condition may well have been worsening for him while away from home.

Torelli spent some time in Vienna but was back in Bologna in 1701, quickly landing a position with the newly formed San Petronio cappella musicale. Torelli and Pistocchi seem to have appeared in a number of concerts together in the early 1700s, most likely earning substantial fees. Relatively little is known about Torelli in his final years, except that he composed little music. His only significant effort was the 12 Concerti grossi con una pastorale, Op. 8, which features one of his more popular pieces, the so-called Christmas Eve Concerto (No. 6). Torelli died on February 8, 1709. Read less
Torelli: Concertos / Standage, Collegium Musicum 90
Release Date: 03/22/2005   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 716   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $18.99
CD: $14.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $18.99   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Browse 51-75 of 129 Available Recordings
1 2 3 4 5 6
  • 51.
    Christmas Concertos / I Musici
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426175 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Francesco Manfredini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
    ArkivCD $16.99
    In Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 52.
    Greatest Works - Trumpet - Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Vivaldi, Etc / Guttler, Kircheis, Virtuosi Saxoniae, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1289 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Paul Hindemith,  Jean-B Loeillet,  Petronio Franceschini  ... 
    Performer:  Mathias Schmutzler,  Bernd Schober,  Erich Markwart,  Frank Mittag  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Bach Collegium Leipzig
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 53.
    Christmas Concertos / Hogwood, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 410179 Release Date: 04/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  François Joseph Gossec,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Hogwood
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 54.
    L'Art de Maurice André
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 64100 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anne Danican Philidor,  Jean-B Loeillet,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Hedwig Bilgram,  Thierry Caens,  Jean-Paul Leroy  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Wallez,  Jörg Faerber,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Orchestral Ensemble,  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra,  Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra  ... 
    On sale! $41.98
    ArkivCD $39.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $41.98   ArkivCD:  $39.99 Add to Cart

  • 55.
    Corelli, Manfredini, Torelli, Vivaldi: Christmas Concertos
    Label: Teldec Das Alte Werk   Catalog: 363068 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Giardino Armonico
    CD: $12.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $12.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 56.
    Label: Metro   Catalog: 1205619 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Astor Piazzolla,  George Frideric Handel,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Chiarappa,  Jacques Rouvier,  Michel Béroff,  Helmuth Rilling  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  Sir Charles Groves,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Italiani,  Accademia Bizantina
    Import CD
    $13.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $13.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 57.
    Netherlands Dance Theatre Celebrates Jiri Kylian
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102099 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Conductor:  Henrik Schaefer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holland Symfonia
    Recommendation
    DVD: $29.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $29.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 58.
    Baroque Christmas / Ludwig Güttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8410 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Hans Leo Hassler,  Melchior Vulpius,  Valerius Otto,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Vienna Concentus Vocalis,  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble
    CD: $29.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $29.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 59.
    Baroque Music Of Bologna / Bolton, 	St James's Baroque Players Orchestra
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 740838 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Petronio Franceschini,  Giuseppe Maria Jacchini,  Domenico Gabrielli
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St James's Baroque Players Orchestra
    CD: $8.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 60.
    We Wish You A Merry Christmas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000984202 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roberto Alagna,  Michael Praetorius,  Irving Berlin,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Roberto Alagna,  Bryn Terfel,  André Rieu,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh,  André Rieu,  Kurt Adler,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Johann Strauss Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    Recommendation
    On sale! $16.98
    CD: $13.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $16.98   CD:  $13.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 61.
    Concertos For 4 Violins - Torelli, Mossi, Valentini, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 000988302 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Giovanni Mossi,  Giuseppe Valentini,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli  ... 
    Performer:  Katharina Wolff,  Anton Steck,  Laura Johnson,  Manfred Kraemer  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
    Recommendation
    CD: $12.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $12.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $11.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 62.
    The Italian Trumpet
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5147 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Alessandro Melani,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Gio Bonaventura Viviani  ... 
    Performer:  Edward Carroll,  Lucy Shelton
    Conductor:  Edward Carroll
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trumpet Ensemble,  Concerto Rotterdam
    CD: $11.49
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $11.49 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 63.
    Baroque Trumpet Concertos / Reiner, Tewinkel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570501 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Domenico Gabrielli,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Friedrich Fasch  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Reiner
    Conductor:  Sebastian Tewinkel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 64.
    My Heart Is Ever Present / Tine Thing Helseth
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1276 Release Date: 09/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Traditional,  Max Reger,  Henry Thomas Smart  ... 
    Performer:  Birgitte Volan Havik,  Tine Thing Helseth,  Elise Batnes,  Isa Katharina Gericke
    Conductor:  Elise Batnes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
    Recommendation
    SuperAudio CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    SuperAudio CD:  $18.99 Add to Cart

  • 65.
    Beautiful Baroque - Bach, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8598 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Oistrakh,  David Oistrakh,  Johannes Walter,  Manfred Schumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny,  Friedmann Bätzel,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Zeljko Straka  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 66.
    Torelli, Mossi, Valentini, Locatelli, Leo: Concerti / Goebel
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 435393 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonardo Leo,  Pietro Antonio Locatelli,  Giuseppe Valentini,  Giovanni Mossi  ... 
    Performer:  Werner Ehrhardt,  Andrea Keller,  Manfred Kraemer,  Katharina Wolff  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
    Recommendation
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 67.
    The Art Of The Trumpet - Albinoni, Haydn, Telemann, Vivaldi, Takemitsu, Etc / Håkan Hardenberger
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972002 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger,  Reinhold Friedrich,  Karl-Ernst Schröder,  Sergio Azzolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    Recommendation
    On sale! $39.98
    CD: $31.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $39.98   CD:  $31.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $49.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 68.
    Weihnachtskonzerte - Manfredini, Et Al / Güttler, Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1059 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johann David Heinichen,  Francesco Manfredini  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 69.
    Ludwig Güttler - Festliche Klänge Aus Dresden
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8391 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried Finger,  Johann Mathias Sperger  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Friedrich Kircheis,  Andreas Lorenz,  Günter Klier  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble,  Bach Collegium Leipzig,  Virtuosi Saxoniae
    CD: $34.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $34.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 70.
    The Wynton Marsalis Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 77137 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Anonymous,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis,  Charles Tunnell,  Lin Cho-Liang,  Ian Watson  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Raymond Leppard,  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $24.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 71.
    Perfect Winter Wedding
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557977 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georg Christoph Wagenseil,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    CD: $8.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 72.
    Trumpet Festival - Elgar: Pomp And Circumstance / Schäfer
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77278 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Joachim Schäfer,  Arne Lagemann,  Judith Izsák,  Arndt Netzel  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Popovic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joachim Schäfer Trumpet Ensemble,  Bratislava Chamber Orchestra
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 73.
    Konzerte Für Trompete & Corno Da Caccia / Ludwig Güttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9241 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Theodor Schwartzkopff,  Leopold Mozart,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Roland Straumer,  Mathias Schmutzler,  Heinz-Dieter Richter
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
    CD: $19.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $19.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 74.
    Ludwig Güttler - Fasch, Torelli, Et Al / Virtuosi Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1102 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  Johann Georg Röllig,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 75.
    Torelli: Trumpet Concertos / Hammes, Matt, European Chamber Soloists
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 92401 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli
    Performer:  Thomas Hammes,  Peter Leiner
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Soloists
    Recommendation
    CD: $11.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

1 2 3 4 5 6