Corelli, Geminlani, Manfredini, Albinoni, Torelli, Locatelli

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COMPOSERS: Albinoni,Corelli,Geminlani,Locatelli,Manfredini,Torelli
LABELS: Decca Serenata
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Italian Concertos
WORKS: Christmas Concerto
PERFORMER: Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner
CATALOGUE NO: 436 224-2 ADD (1961-74 )
This disc traces the development of the Baroque concerto grosso from the late 16th-century instrumental music of Giovanni Gabrieli to the work of Corelli (including the Christmas Concerto) and his followers. Marriner and the ASMF make a stylish and instructive case for this often neglected music, though some may find the playing almost too polished. William Humphreys-Jones