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At the frontiers of baroque music

Francesco Geminiani (1687 - 1762)
- Concerti from the opus 7
- La Follia, concerto based on Corelli's opus V
Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685 - 1759)
- Sinfonia for bassoon, strings & basso continuo
Charles Avison (1709 - 1770)
- Concerto in seven parts based on Scarlatti's lesson
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
- Estro Armonico

In the 18th century, England became obsessed with Italy. Hence, among the three composers who dominated the English concert scene at the time, Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Friedrich Haendel and Francesco Geminiani, two were of Italian origin. A student of Corelli, Francesco Geminiani is vaguely known today, though he was a precursor at the time, pushing back the limits of established musical codes.

A composer and violin virtuoso, he actually played his concertos with Haendel in 1715 at the London court. This journey between Italy and England would not be complete without the works of Charles Avison, Geminiani's disciple as well as his contemporary Antonio Vivaldi's. To add to the rediscovery of this composer, at the start of the 2018 season Café Zimmermann will release a record with Alpha Classics entirely dedicated to this 18th century Italy maestro.

  • An exhilarating and groundbreaking work on the brink of the baroque period, from Italy to England!


Strings and harpsichord - 13 musicians

© Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques