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American Record Guide: (01/2021) 
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Harmonia Mundi

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Reviewer: Charles Brewer

Subtitled “Corelli’s Legacy”, this is a pleasurable collection of compositions by composers in England who either had direct connections with Arcangelo Corelli or fell under his influence. In the first category is Sonata IV (Opus 1, 1716 edition) by his student, Francesco Geminiani, and two works by a colleague in Italy, George Frideric Handel (Sonata “per la viola da gamba” and a “Concerto a quattro”, also attributed to Telemann). The English love of the recorder is represented through Johann Christian Schickhardt’s arrangement of movements from Corelli’s Opus 6 concerti grossi as a trio sonata, his own Concerto II for four flutes and continuo (here performed by two recorders and two baroque flutes), and William Babell’s chirpy Concerto II from Opus 3 for “sixth flute” (a soprano recorder in D) with its nightingale imitations (though the ripieno violin parts are missing on this recording).

The musicianship of this ensemble can be heard in every selection, from the stylish ornaments added by Stephan Dudermel (violin) in the Geminiani, to the agility and blend of the two recorders (Sebastien Marq and Marine Sablonnière) in the Schickhardt Corelli arrangement. The leaders of the ensemble, Florence Bolton (viola da gamba, also a wonderful soloist in the Handel sonata) and Benjamin Perrot (theorbo) supply supportive and inventive accompaniments.


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