A.Corelli, Concerto Grossi (complete)
A.Beyer / Gli Incogniti
The Mother of Concerti Grossi
All twelve Concerti Grossi of Arcangelo Corelli—plus two unpublished rarities—from the freewheeling, rollicking Gli Incogniti with Amandine Beyer are bound to attract any baroque lover’s attention. The group and soloist’s playing fits right into the currently and happily popular type that emphasizes wallop, liveliness, and punch over courtly mien. Along with his Sonatas (which the Avison Ensemble has recorded splendidly for Linn), these concerti—themselves magnificent—were models for just about any great (or minor) baroque composers to follow in these genres. Especially in energetic yet warm performances like these, they rank alongside Handel and Vivaldi and Geminiani and perhaps even the Brandenburg Concertos.