Album: Maurice Steger etc, Mr Corelli in London (Harmonia Mundi)

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Recorder virtuoso Steger's latest recital traces the history of the Corelli cult of Georgian London, Edinburgh and Manchester.

Adored for its simplicity by gentleman amateurs, orchestrated by Geminiani and flamboyantly decorated by professional soloists (usually violinists), Corelli's music outlived its creator, dressed up or down according to taste and ability. Steger's performance is a thrilling hybrid, dazzlingly embellished yet pure and true of tone. The English Concert match Steger's élan, with glorious solos from the ensemble.