There is some splendid string playing here: alert, strong, well balanced, and ready to allow an unusual degree of dynamic contrast to the music. Additionally, the number of strings used allows arguably exactly the right degree of contrast between solo and tutti: clearly to be distinguished, yet neither out of scale with the other. The distinction is helped by a contrast in the keyboard element of the continuo: in general, harpsichord for the solo passages, organ for the tuttis. The harpsichord adds little, as it happens; perhaps its backward placing—nothing new with I Musici—discouraged the player from any specially exacting use of the imagination. The organ (a wooden—literally—imitation by Armagni of a baroque model) is more audible, andRead more contributes an effective support to what is already a pretty strong sound.
In total the performances are not only strong but stylish: ornamentation is scattered only thinly, but this could not necessarily be rated a defect in these particular concertos. There is a bravely imaginative reading of the Fourth Concerto's finale, where Corelli's notation of even quavers is read as indicating a triplet crotchet and quaver effect in order to tally with the prevailing triplet rhythm. Reliable authorities have hinted for some time that this was Corelli's intention (and that of other Italian composers of the period); certainly putting the theory into practice does allow the music on this occasion a new vigour. Added to the more general virtues—which include good, clear recording—this final stroke leaves no doubt that this must be a strongly recommended issue.
– Gramophone [7/1973], reviewing the original release of Op. 6, Nos. 1-4 Read less
The onset of Concerto-Grosso music, lovely!March 7, 2013By S Cohenroellvaneyck (SOUTH WENTWORTHVILLE, NSW)See All My Reviews"Corelli has a good name for baroque music. Others have copied this format and -though good- never were as simple as this music, so uncomplicated, one seems to recognize a melody and then it escapes, good for loving hearts, 2 CDs!"Report Abuse
Listening PleasureFebruary 13, 2013By Wil L W. (Richwood, TX)See All My Reviews"I recommend without reservations this recording of Corelli's complete Op.6 Concerti Grossi. I Musici plays on modern instruments which are just fine with me. The sound is robust and the playing meets my requirements. A complete listening pleasure."Report Abuse