Tremendous new recordings of Baroque master Corelli's complete works, performed on period instruments. Corelli was a peer of and huge influence on Vivaldi, as well as the founder of modern violin technique; his work consists of six opus numbers comprising 72 works altogether. They are all written for string instruments only, mainly sonatas for orchestra or, in the case of Opus 6 , 12 concerti grossi that played a major role in establishing the form. Performed here by the Musica Amphion under the direction of harpsichordist/organist Pieter-Jan Belder.
The ensemble London Winds, praised by BBC Music for its 'technical accomplishment, expressive commitment and warmth of timbre', presents in this recording great twentieth-century works for winds. It features music by Hindemith, Nielsen, and Janáček, and, from the next generation, Barber and Ligeti. Although not equally prolific (Kleine Kammermusik is Hindemith's single contribution to that genre while winds are generally more prominence in Nielsen's music), all these composers brought the wind repertoire back to prominence, after a quiet period of more than a century. The music is full of playfulness and European folk colours.
Though generally performed on the organ, the music of the great Dutch keyboard master Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck deserved to find another, no less intense means of expression on the harpsichord. These songs, dances and polyphonic pieces, played by Sébastien Wonner on a copy of a Ruckers, a Flemish instrument of 1612, allow us a glimpse into domestic life, as in a painting by Vermeer. This disc, Mr. Wonners first solo recital recording, was recorded in the auditorium of the convent of Saint-Ulrich, Sarrebourg, August 2013. A bilingual book French and English is included.