Corelli, Charisma & Concerti

Combine the concerti and genius of Corelli (on the 300th anniversary of his death) with the charisma and virtuosity of Stefano Montanari to make a thrilling evening of Italian string repertoire by Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Razetti, Corelli & Montanari (not Stefano – but Antonio 1676-1737). Performances between 9 and 17 November 2013.


Director & violin Stefano Montanari

Concertmaster Kinga Ujszászi

Concert Programme

A CORELLI (1653-1713)

Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 8 in g minor

Vivace-Grave – Allegro – Adagio-Allegro-Adagio – Vivace – Allegro – Pastorale: Largo

A SCARLATTI (1660-1725)

Concerto Grosso 5 in d minor

Allegro – Grave – Allegro – Minuetto


Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 1 in D

Largo-Allegro – Largo-Allegro – Largo – Allegro – Allegro


Violin Concerto in f minor

Allegro ma non presto – Grave – Allegro


A VIVALDI (1678-1741)

Violin Concerto in A ‘per eco in lontano’ RV552

Allegro – Larghetto – Allegro

AM MONTANARI (1676-1737)

Concerto Grosso in A

Adagio – Allegro – Grave – Vivace


Violin Concerto in f minor ‘Winter’ from Quattro Stagioni RV297

Allegro non molto – Largo – Allegro

Programme note

The Corelli, Charisma and Concerto concert is an all-Italian programme. In the baroque era national styles were very distinctive, every country had its own musical taste. It is quite easy to compare Italian music to Italian shoes: quality is very, very important and the material has to be classy. The style is extrovert and it is created to be heard. It was also made to satisfy the customer’s vanity with elaborate decoration. This year marks the 300th anniversary of Arcangelo Corelli’s death, and it is his influence which very clearly brings our programme together. He was a renowned composer and a well respected violinist in his time, and for a long time afterwards influencing form, style and instrumental technique not only in Rome – where he was based for most of his life – but most parts of Europe. He is generally credited with the creation of the concerto. Alessandro Scarlatti and A.M. Montanari were also based for at least a few years of their lives in Rome and together with Corelli all three musicians were employed for shorter or longer periods by Cardinal Ottoboni. The next great innovator in the concerto genre after Corelli was the Venetian Antonio Vivaldi. He made substantial contributions to musical style, violin technique and the practice of orchestration, and he was a pioneer of orchestral programme music. All the composers whose music features in this concert programme were great violinists, most of them having leading positions in different orchestras. These concertos not only reveal their individual playing styles and abilities on the violin, but the history of concerto writing from the earliest examples to the mature baroque concerto.