For the entire 17th century and for at least one quarter of the next one, Rome was one of the centers of Italian and European instrumental music, where many of the most important composers of concertos and sonatas met; as a consequence, it was also the center of dissemination of a style that for years would influence music at an international level. Although decadent and depopulated, Rome remained a city of great artistic importance, which attracted musicians from all over Italy and also from abroad.
Arcangelo Corelli is definitely the most prominent figure of Rome’s instrumental music school between the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th centuries.
Giuseppe Valentini, violinist and composer was equally a figure of great relevance in the Roman music life during the first decades of the 1700s. He favours a creative, at times somewhat bizarre style, leaving ample room for the open display of violin virtuosity.
Antonio Locatelli stayed long in Rome during his formative years and knew Giuseppe Valentini.
The only musician actually born in Rome featured in this programme is Pietro Castrucci, a pupil of Arcangelo Corelli, who quickly gained renown as a violinist.
This CD would not be complete without a concerto grosso by Francesco Geminiani, one of the greatest Italian 18th-century composers. A highly appreciated violinist and teacher, he was the son of a violinist and had studied in Rome with Alessandro Scarlatti, with the Milanese violinist Ambrogio Lonati and perhaps also with Arcangelo Corelli.