Avison Ensemble 'Corelli at Christmas: Trio Sonatas & La Folia' concert, Kings Place, London, 28 December 2012
Here we are rehearsing in Kings Place.
Heralding the 300th anniversary of his death in 2013 and the release of our recording of his complete works (on Linn Records) we celebrated the genius of Corelli in two concerts at Kings Place as part of their 2012 Christmas Festival. In this first chamber concert, we conjured up Corelli's Italian context through his Trio and Violin Sonatas and through the exuberant music of his contemporaries Gabrieli, Stradella and Romano. We also performed Corelli’s famously virtuosic La Folia variations and were joined by the soprano Rebecca Bottone for some wonderful arias by Carissmi and Böddecker, and by the German giant of the Baroque, Georg Philipp Telemann.
The Ensemble was directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk (violin) with Caroline Balding (violin), Richard Tunnicliffe (cello), Paula Chateauneuf (archlute) and Roger Hamilton (harpsichord and organ).
Rebecca Bottone’s operatic career has seen her working with conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Hickox and Marc Minkowski. She has appeared at the Royal Opera House, and the ENO and in a wide range of roles for the English Touring Opera and the Classical Opera Company. Rebecca’s concert appearances are also diverse and her Baroque performances have received especial praise.
Arcangelo Corelli exercised an astonishingly wide influence on his contemporaries and on succeeding generations of composers. As a teacher, violinist and composer, he established himself as 'the founder of modern violin technique,' the 'world's first great violinist,' and the 'father of the Concerto Grosso'. Corelli’s influence extended to many other important composers, including Bach and Handel. Through his pupil Francesco Geminiani, homage to his style was developed in England by his protégé Charles Avison, who earned himself the reputation as England’s greatest concerto composer of the 18th century.
The Avison Ensemble is the outstanding period instrument orchestra based in Newcastle upon Tyne, which plays and popularises the music of Charles Avison (1709-1770) and other English classical composers of the Baroque period, such as Garth, Arne and Herschel. The Ensemble also performs Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Geminiani, Pergolesi, Teleman, Rameau, Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.