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Arcangelo Corelli’s Violin Sonatas Op. 5 are among those works in violin literature that mark a new epoch, and until this day they have been part of the standard repertory of every violinist. Therefore it is all the more astonishing that there had not been any Urtext edition of these important works for a long time. This gap is filled by a new two-volume edition of the Wiener Urtext edition. The text is based on the first edition which Corelli himself supervised. This edition includes the ornaments for sonatas nos. 1-6, published by Roger in Amsterdam in 1710 as well as Geminiani’s ornaments for Sonata no. 9. The notes on performance practice by Baroque specialist Reinhard Goebel from Cologne are useful suggestions for an appropriate interpretation.
If a student liked the Corelli at Grade 6, then they will also love these movements. The simple lines in the Adagio are embellished on the required repeats with wonderful flair and imagination. It is important to listen to performances of this work to gain insight into the style, and the ABRSM recording with Pavlo Beznosiuk gives one version of the written embellishments which retains the feeling of improvisation. Removing weight from the tone on the quicker notes while using vibrato as an ornament will be a good start. (…) Violin Notes for ABRSM Grades 1-8, 2016, Nr. 19