Corelli: Violin Sonatas Op. V

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Lina Tur Bonet, Musica Alchemica
133:27 (2 CDs in a wallet)
Pan Classics PC 10375

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or her interpretations of Corelli’s landmark set of sonatas, Lina Tur Bonet has opted to perform with a large and diverse continuo group (mercifully limited to one combination per sonata!), at A=392Hz (“From this low tuning lacking in tension seem to spring up subdued practices, but not ones devoid of either fantasy profundity, or of the veneer of the Eternal City”…), and to use many of the pre-extant ornamented versions (only sonatas 9 and 10) as well as her own (the cellist is not shy about decorating his line, too). Tur Bonet is a talented violinist with a clear vision, and these accounts reveal a deep affinity with Corelli’s output; she breathes real feeling into the adagios that are such an important feature of this set of 12 sonatas, and I can easily picture her dancing through the livelier movements of sonate da camera. She may be “the new kid on the block” but she certainly has something to say.

Brian Clark