A Musical Gift… Corelli Christmas Concerto
For my students, who may not be familiar with Corelli yet, he wrote twelve Concerti Grossi. Concerto grosso, or plural concerti grossi, is a common type of orchestral music from the Baroque era (c. 1600–c. 1750), characterized by the contrast between a small group of soloists (soli, concertino principale) and the full orchestra (tutti, ripieno). This is a live performance, given by Quartseble, of several movements from the piece, recorded at the David Hochstein Memorial School of Music and Dance, and subsequently rebroadcast nationally on radio stations everywhere. All of the movements, and all of these concerti are beautiful, so give yourself the challenge of doing a quick search on You Tube to listen to a few others if you enjoy this one!