The Italian style spreads like fire across Europe...

As the thirst for the new Italian style - expressive, singing melodies, and fast, virtuosic movements - grew, so did the numbers of Italian musicians employed in European courts. One of the most popular new types of chamber music was the trio sonata - two melody instruments weaving beautiful textures and catchy tunes above the bass line .

This programme comprises some of the most popular trio sonatas of the baroque period. Well-known composers such as the infamous Arcangelo Corelli of Rome and Antonio Vivaldi of Venice feature alongside less famous compatriots living and working all over Europe. Geminiani's beautiful, if somewhat eccentric works are amongst the lesser known gems to be revealed.

Penelope Spencer - violin
Oliver Webber - violin
Emily Robinson - cello
Katherine May - harpsichord

Concert Programme

Arcangelo Corelli (1653 - 1713) - Trio sonata Op1

Giovanni Battista Draghi (c1640 - 1708) - Sonata

Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695) - Sonata in 3 parts

Nicola Matteis (d. after 1713) - sonata for solo violin

Giuseppe Tartini (1692- 1770) - Devil's trill sonata

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741) - Trio sonata 'La Folia'

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