Corelli's Legacy · EU Baroque Orchestra
Baroque Music by Arcangelo Corelli and his 'students',
performed according to the traditions of the time
by the European Union Baroque Orchestra
Concertmaster & Violin Soloist: Kinga Ujszászi
Music Director & Violin Soloist: Riccardo Minasi
Works by Pietro Castrucci (1679-1752), Giuseppe Valentini (1681-1753),
Giovanni Mossi (c.1680-1742), Antonio Maria Montanari (1676-1737),
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), Gasparo Visconti (1683-1713)
and Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762)
A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle in Germany
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: c. 80 Minutes
KuK 110 · ISBN 978-3-942801-10-2
he lionising of Arcangelo Corelli "il Bolognese" during his lifetime no doubt contributed to the revival of Rome as the European capital of culture at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Key elements in the spread throughout Europe of Corelli's reputation were the continuous growth of major violin schools deriving directly or indirectly from the school of "il Bolognese", the adherence to his aesthetic vision by composers belonging to the operatic world which was increasingly in vogue, but especially the continued commitment to popularizing his message abroad by those who had the good fortune to study personally with Corelli (or perhaps the unstoppable flight of Italian violinists abroad looking for new and more stable employment opportunities, still as timely as ever). So listening to this programme you will come across many different European styles, from some of the most famous works of Corelli to those of lesser-known composers such as Pietro Castrucci, Giovanni Mossi, Giuseppe Valentini and Antonio Montanari; a rich mix of formal and aesthetic visions, though all refined through the same profoundly Roman 'filter'. Maybe it is not true that "all roads lead to Rome"; certainly the experience of the composers featured in this programme is that everything starts from the eternal city!
European Union Baroque Orchestra ~ Cultural Ambassador for the European Union
The European Union Baroque Orchestra is like no other orchestra: EUBO auditions and selects completely new personnel every year. EUBO's ephemeral existence makes its concerts special: live performances enjoying all the technical accomplishment of the best young Baroque musicians in Europe, allied to an infectious undimmed sense of discovery and enjoyment. Members of EUBO come from all over the EU to gain experience, working together for a six-month season with Music Director Lars Ulrik Mortensen and some of the world's leading guest directors, including Enrico Onofri, Roy Goodman, Alexis Kossenko, Ton Koopman, Christina Pluhar, Margaret Faultless, Riccardo Minasi, Paul Agnew and Gottfried von der Goltz. Tours take them to all corners of Europe - from celebrated city concert halls, to seaside summer festivals, to monasteries nestling in autumnal forests, and to winter celebrations in beautiful churches. And at the centre of these great arcs of European travelling EUBO has established residencies in several cities, most notably as "orchestra-in-residence" in Echternach, Luxembourg, where, with the support of its local partners, it is creating a centre of excellence for Baroque music. EUBO's activities are supported with a grant from the European Commission's programme "cultural ambassadors". Flying the flag for Europe, "EUBO is" as President José Manuel Barroso says, "a perfect symbol of the power of integration, a subtle and potent instrument of harmonisation between people and nations".
The European Union Baroque Orchestra is supported by the European Commission Culture Programme, Ville d'Echternach, Festival International Echternach, Trifolion Echternach, the Ministry of Culture Luxembourg and the Early Music Shop.
"EUBO has greatly contributed to the vitality of European baroque ensembles."
Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
"Rarely have I seen so much smiling communication and listening between musicians
on a concert stage. As a result, EUBO's concert was a delicate, joyous gem.
Talent oozed from the stage."
Hugo Shirley, The Daily Telegraph
European Union Baroque Orchestra 2012:
Violins: Magdalena Cieslak (Poland) ~ Anna Curzon (UK) ~ Dominika Fehér (Hungary) ~ Nadine Henrichs (Germany) ~ Joanna Kaniewska (Poland) ~ Jacek Kurzydło (Poland) ~ Emma Lake (UK) ~ Claudia Norz (Austria) ~ Lena Weckesser (Germany)
Violas: Ricardo Cuende Isuskiza (Spain) ~ Magdalena Schenk-Bader (Germany) ~ Annemarie Kosten-Dür (Austria)
Cellos: Petr Hamouz (Czech Republic) ~ Lea Rahel Bader (Germany)
Double Bass: Zaynab Martin (UK)
Theorbo: Francesco Tomasi (Italy)
Harpsichords: Jean-Christophe Dijoux (France) ~ Eloy Orzaiz Galarza (Spain)
Concertmaster & Violin Soloist: Kinga Ujszászi (Hungary)
Music Director & Violin Soloist: Riccardo Minasi (Italy)
Director General: Paul James (UK)
Orchestral Manager: Emma Wilkinson (UK)
Communications Manager: Noora Heiskanen (Finland)
Keyboard Technician: Simon Neal (UK)
Riccardo Minasi, born in Rome 1978, has performed both as soloist and as concertmaster with Le Concert des Nations, Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Italiano, Il Giardino Armonico, Al Ayre Español, Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di S.Cecilia, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid. As well as the European Union Baroque Orchestra, he has conducted the Kammerakademie of Potsdam, Zurich Kammerorchester, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, L'Arpa Festante, Recreation-Grosses Orchester of Graz, Attersee-Akademie Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, Il Complesso Barocco and the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. He was invited by Kent Nagano to perform as concertmaster at the Belcanto Festival in Knowlton and collaborated as historical advisor for the Montrèal Symphony Orchestra in Canada. In 2010 he worked as assistant conductor, concertmaster and editor of the upcoming new critical edition of Bellini's opera Norma with Cecilia Bartoli and Thomas Hengelbrock. He has given masterclasses at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, the Longy School of Music in Cambridge (USA), the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, the Chinese Culture University of Taipei, the Conservatory of Sydney, the Zurich Opera House, and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.
ublishing Authentic Classical Concerts entails for us capturing and recording outstanding performances and concerts for posterity. The performers, audience, opus and room enter into an intimate dialogue that in its form and expression, its atmosphere, is unique and unrepeatable. It is our aim, the philosophy of our house, to enable the listener to acutely experience every facet of this symbiosis, the intensity of the performance, so we record the concerts in direct 2-Track Stereo digital HD. The results are unparalleled interpretations of musical and literary works, simply - audiophile snapshots of permanent value. Flourishing culture, enthralling the audience and last but not least also you the listener, are the values we endeavor to document in our editions and series.
Music that is new, pieces worth listening to and well worth conserving, little treasures from the traditional and the avantgarde - music that is unimaginable anywhere else but in the hotbed of Europe - we capture these in our Castle Concerts Series of recordings in their original settings in cooperation with Volker Northoff.
Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler, K&K Verlagsanstalt
Pietro Castrucci (1679-1752):
Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 3 No. 12
1. I: Introduzione: Allegro ~ 2. II: Adagio Andantino
3. III: Allegro ~ 4. IV: Gavotta Andante
5. V: Finale con Eco: Andantino
Giuseppe Valentini (1681-1753):
Concerto for Four Violins, Viola and Cello Concertanti in A Minor, Op. 7 No. 11
6. I: Largo ~ 7. II: Allegro
8. III: Grave ~ 9. IV: Allegro
10. V: Presto ~ 11. VI: Adagio
12. VII: Allegro Assai
Soloists: Jacek Kurzyd³o, Anna Curzon, Dominika Fehér, Claudia Norz, Ricardo Cuende Isuskiza, Petr Hamouz
Giovanni Mossi (c.1680-1742):
Concerto Grosso in E Minor, Op. 4 No. 11
13. I: Allegro ~ 14. II: Adagio
15. III: Allegro
Antonio Maria Montanari (1676-1737):
Concerto Grosso in A Major
16. I: Adagio ~ 17. II: Allegro
18. III: Grave ~ 19. IV: Vivace
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713):
Concerto Grosso in B-Flat Major, Op.6 No.11
20. I: Preludio: Andante Largo
21. II: Allemanda: Allegro - Adagio - Largo
22. III: Sarabanda: Largo
23. IV: Giga: Vivace
Gasparo Visconti (1683-1713):
Concerto for Two Violins in B-Flat Major
24. I: Allegro ~ 25. II: Grave
26. III: Presto Sempre Staccato
Soloists: Riccardo Minasi, Kinga Ujszászi
Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762):
Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 12 "La Follia"
after Corelli Op. 5 No. 12
27. I: Adagio ~ 28. II: Allegro
29. III: Adagio ~ 30. IV: Vivace - Allegro
31. V: Andante ~ 32. VI: Allegro
33. VII: Adagio ~ 34. VIII: Allegro
35. IX: Adagio ~ 36. X: Allegro
Concert Date: October 14th, 2012
Location: Bad Homburg Castle (Germany), 'Castle Church'
Sound & Recording Engineer: Andreas Otto Grimminger.
Mastering: Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler.
Photography: Josef-Stefan Kindler.
Artwork & Coverdesign: Josef-Stefan Kindler.
The recording is from a series titled Authentic Classical Concerts. This particular release is part of a series called 'Castle Concerts', the basic concept of which is to capture live concerts in settings where these pieces might first have been heard. In this case, it is the town church in Bad Homburg, Germany which Wilhelm II had turned into one of the most intimate and beautiful concert halls in Europe. The hall was forgotten over time, and has only recently been restored to its original splendor.
The European Union Baroque Orchestra is an ephemeral group, with its membership changing every year. The young players are selected from all over Europe, each being a specialist in early music performance. For six months out of the year, they are on tour, giving concerts in interesting and historic venues. The orchestra has performed under the directorship of some of the most eminent early music specialists in the Europe, including Roy Goodman, Ton Koopman, Gottfried von der Goltz and Paul Agnew. This Corelli's Legacy concert was directed by violinist Riccardo Minasi, who also performs. Mr. Minasi has appeared with Europe's leading early music ensembles, including Le Concert des Nations; Concerto Italiano and Il Giardino Armonico.
The playing is very fine and the energy of the live performance is palpable. The recording does give a sense of the intimacy of the venue; we are up quite close to the performers. This does results in a little stage noise and you can hear the inhale of the players before they begin playing, but this is just as it would be had you been in attendance. Recommended for the music, performances, engineering and a very unique concept.