While the value of authenticity in the performance of Baroque music is now widely appreciated, many players still feel daunted by the task of realising the unadorned melodies and basses of Corelli’s Op.5 Violin Sonatas in their original form.
Fortunately, Gustav Jensen’s edition of these works provides an ideal solution to the problem. Carefully fingered and bowed, with the continuo sensitively arranged for harpsichord or modern piano, it presents the notated elements of a spirited and musically satisfying reading, while still leaving room for performers to shape their own interpretation.
This volume includes sonatas No.7 and No.10 – both composed on the sonata da camera pattern – and the celebrated La folia variations with which Corelli concluded his collection. Fiery and virtuosic, they have remained a favourite item in the violinist’s repertoire since their publication in Rome in 1700.
The solo violin part is also included on a separate insert.