Armonico Tributo -Corelli concert

MICHAEL DRAKE Here was a lesson in carrying on without the leading man. But Armonico Tributo, Corelli and his Contemporaries at Wolterton Hall was still a celebration of Corelli's birth 350 years ago, despite the fact the original baroque quartet, due to illness, was reduced to three with only one violin and there was no music by Corelli as he wrote only trio sonatas.

MICHAEL DRAKE

Here was a lesson in carrying on without the leading man. But Armonico Tributo, Corelli and his Contemporaries at Wolterton Hall was still a celebration of Corelli's birth 350 years ago, despite the fact the original baroque quartet, due to illness, was reduced to three with only one violin and there was no music by Corelli as he wrote only trio sonatas.

Readings and letters set the musical scenes of the Italian composer with a programme the artists themselves described as busking – high class and spontaneous though that was.

Natalie Clifton-Griffith's gentle, even genteel and clear soprano, perfectly phrased and projected a pair of Handl arias.


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Frescobaldi dances were chosen by Martin Perkins (harpsichord) including a Passacagoia of interesting harmonies. He was then joined by Kelly McCusker (violin) and Harriet Wiltshire (cello) in a selection of Bach Sonata movements of much animation and a lively Handl violin sonata.

What could have been an anti-climax was certainly not – to the benefit of the Medical Foundation and an audience which enjoyed an evening of atmospheric baroque music in the hall's Music Room. The ex-Birmingham music graduates will be at Binham Priory in July.

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