Corelli: Concerto grosso in g minor op.6 no.8 "Christmas Concerto"
Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Radio France Choir performing Arcangelo Corelli's Concerto grosso in g minor op.6 no.8 "Christmas Concerto". Excerpt from the Christmas concert performed at the Radio France Auditorium on 22 December 2018.
A renowned violinist and pedagogue, Arcangelo Corelli spent his entire musical career in Rome, working for the church, for the theatre, and for various cardinals. The "Christmas Concerto" is the most famous of his twelve concerti grossi published in Amsterdam a year after his death, his final opus. With this collection of works, Corelli established himself as one of the first great masters, alongside Giuseppe Torelli, of the concerto grosso. Extremely representative of the Baroque aesthetic, the genre plays upon the opposition between a group of soloists – the concertino, here composed of two violins and a cello – and a larger string ensemble called ripieno, whose orchestration may be enlarged if need be and whose role is to punctuate and reinforce the interjections by the soloists.
The eighth concerto in g minor is, much like the first seven, a "church" concerto, whose movements preceded by tempo indications in Italian alternate between slow and fast, and between homophonic (vertical) and imitative writing. The final Pastorale, subtitled "made for the night of Christmas" follows seamlessly the last Allegro, contrasting with its key of G major, its soft balance and sonority. The Largo brings to mind the splendid scenes of "nativity" often painted by contemporary Italian painters such as Antonio Balestra.
- Rinaldo AlessandriniConductor
- Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio FranceOrchestra