Violinist Nicola Benedetti will release a new album, Baroque, on the Decca Classics label on 16 July. This is the first album that the Grammy Award- winning Benedetti has released on a period set-up, including gut strings. She is joined by a leading group of freelance baroque musicians, forming the inaugural Benedetti Baroque Orchestra.
The album features a selection of concerti by Vivaldi, with Geminiani’s incredible arrangement of Corelli’s ‘La Folia’, one of the oldest western classical themes which has been arranged by many composers over time, particularly in the baroque era. Geminiani was one of the greatest violinists of his time and Corelli was one of his teachers whilst he was growing up in Italy. Later when he moved to London, Geminiani reworked a number of Corelli’s works for local audiences including this arrangement of ‘La Folia’. Singles will be released on 4, 25 June and 2 July in the lead-up to the full album being available from Friday 16 July.
The tracks: Geminiani: Concerto Grosso in D minor H.143 ‘La Folia’ /Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D major RV211 /Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in Eb major RV257 /Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in B minor RV386 /Vivaldi: Andante from Concerto in B-Flat Major, RV 583
The performers: Nicola Benedetti violin, Benedetti Baroque Orchestra.