Maestro Corelli’s Violins

Collegium Musicum 90, Simon Standage
68:57
Chandos Chaccone CHAN 0818
Montanari op. 1/2, 6 & 6 Mossi op. 4/11 & 12 Valentini op. 7/11

Richard Maunder’s work on the performance of the 18th-century concerto bears the ultimate fruit here in wonderfully stylish performances of music by composers who were among the orchestra directed by Corelli in the original performance of Handel’s La Resurrezione in 1708. Thus we have one-per-part performances of five fine concertos with four violin parts and Mossi’s exceptional op. 4/12 for a total of eight violins with viola (except the Mossi pieces), cello, violone grosso and harpsichord (and archlute for three pieces). The playing is crisp and clean, the tempi well judged and the recorded sound exemplary. I have known the Valentini concerto for a long time, but rarely heard it played with such lustre. It is nice that only two concertos from Ensemble Diderot’s recent Montanari recording are duplicated. I would certainly love to hear more of Mossi’s output.

Brian Clark