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La Follia

“On Cyprus a Dream Team is Born”
Norman Lebrecht

Fate blessed the Italian violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli with talent, modesty, wealthy patrons, faithful disciples and extraordinary riches.

Numerous original sources were consulted prior to the making of this disc during three inspired days of recording in Copenhagen’s Garnisons Kirke. But once the tape was rolling, Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani let the excitement of superlative music making be their only guide, giving free rein to their boundless creativity and virtuosity and embracing the improvisational spirit that this music requires.

So widespread was Corelli’s appeal that copies of his works have been found as far afield as St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Constantinople, and even America (he was known to be a favourite composer of U.S.’s third president, Thomas Jefferson). It can be said without any exaggeration that Corelli was the first world-famous composer. Yet, for all his celebrity, only a handful of works have come down to us, with the Violin Sonatas op. 5 occupying pride of place. The sonatas presented here come from the second half of the op. 5 collection, referred to in the original 1700 publication as “Parte seconda: Preludii, Allemande, Correnti, Sarabande, Gavotte, e Follia.”

As the title suggests, the music was inspired by dance rhythms and their infectious melodiousness made them popular pieces with performers of all instruments; a couple of them even entered the English dance-tune repertory. The relatively simple nature of these movements provides scope for all sorts of ornamentation and improvisation.



April 13, 2016

Recorder Magazine (UK)- Petri and Esfahani are certainly a “dream team” and I look forward to more collaborative recordings from them in the future

Petri and Esfahani are certainly a “dream team” and I look forward to more collaborative recordings from them in the future


April 25, 2015

Fanfare Magazine (US) - Highly recommended, it almost goes without saying. Ronald E. Grames

Ronald E. Grames


April 25, 2015

20 local newspapers around the UK and online. - Danish recorder virtuoso Michala Petri is in typically fluent and expressive form in this splendid recital of works by Italian Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli.

Kevin Bryan


March 14, 2015

Fanfare Magazine (UK)

Ronald E. Grames


March 1, 2015

Klassik Heute (Germany) 10/10/10

Christoph Schlüren


February 13, 2015

BBC Music Magazine (UK) CHAMBER CHOICE February 2015,Performance 5 star (maximum)
Recording 5 star (maximum)-A vivacious partnership

Paul Riley


January 14, 2015

Musik Und Theater (Germany) Michala Petri beweist mit viel muskicalisher Intelligenz und detailreicher Gestaltung, dass Corellis Sonaten auch ihrer Blockflöten besten passen.

Reinmar Wagner


January 9, 2015

Gramophone (UK),- Editor`s Choice January 2015,- This is a recording that will repay repeated listening as a masterclass in musical collaboration. It breaks new and higher ground.

Julie Anne Sadie


December 15, 2014

jcKlassisk (Denmark)

John Christiansen


December 11, 2014

International Record Review (IRR-UK) -Equally, if you`re happy enough with just harpsichord accompaniment alone, then look no further than Petri`s and Esfahani`s immaculately played and diligently prepared new accounts, which seem in every way the last word in tasteful and elegant musicianship, with a magical recording to boot.

Michael Jameson


November 23, 2014

The Classical Reviewer (UK) - A new release from OUR Recordings of six of Corelli’s opus 5 sonatas in performances by Michala Petri and Mahan Esfahani that are an absolute delight

The Classical Reviewer


November 13, 2014

MusicWeb International (UK)

Brian Wilson

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