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.

  • Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder.. Since youth she has followed her wish for musical expansion in various ways, through commissioning more than 150 new works, - including more than 30 recorder concertos, through dialogue with other musical cultures and through developing new playing techniques.


    Michala Petri

  • Mahan Esfahani was born in Tehran in 1984 and first was exposed to the piano by his father before exploring a teenaged interest in the harpsichord.


    Mahan Esfahani



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


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


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

Ronald E. Grames


Fanfare Magazine (UK)

Ronald E. Grames


Klassik Heute (Germany) 10/10/10

Christoph Schlüren


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

Paul Riley


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

Reinmar Wagner


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


jcKlassisk (Denmark)

John Christiansen


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


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


MusicWeb International (UK)

Brian Wilson

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