York Early Music Festival 2013

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01The Early Music Show20130713

Catherine Bott introduces highlights from a concert given by Musica Antiqua Roma at the 2013 York Early Music Festival.

The theme of this year's York Early Music Festival is "Rome - The Eternal City". Arcangelo Corelli is a crucial figure in Rome's musical history, seen in his day - the 18th Century - as the 'Orpheus of our age'. His instrumental chamber works and concertos were ground breaking. Yet this music, which played a major part in defining the musical language of the 18th century, did not spring from nowhere. In this concert Riccardo Minasi and his ensemble, Musica Antiqua Roma consider music that formed the background to Corelli's achievements, performing works by some of his brilliant but less well-known Roman predecessors and contemporaries.

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Catherine Bott introduces highlights from a concert given by La Risonanza and Fabio Bonizzoni at the 2013 York Early Music Festival.

The theme of this year's York Early Music Festival is "Rome - The Eternal City". In the second of this weekend's programmes inspired by Corelli we look at vocal music by the composer - even though Corelli never left us with any music composed for voices! Corelli was known and much admired throughout Europe, but his published output was small, and restricted entirely to instrumental music. That nothing existed for voices was particularly frustrating for publishers - so a solution was sought. Fabio Bonizzoni's award-winning ensemble La Risonanza have created a unique programme of vocal duets on sacred texts ingeniously adapted from Corelli's trio sonatas by his contemporary admirer Antonio Tonelli.