Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Corelli Consort

Orchestra, choir, ensemble


The Corelli Consort is named after the Italian Baroque composer and violinist, Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) who played a vital role in the development of violin playing. Nevertheless, his compositions for the instrument marked the beginning of an epoch in the history of chamber music. Even J. S. Bach studied the works of Corelli and based an organ fugue (BWV 579) on Corelli's Opus 3 of 1689. The musical audience also owes much to Corelli as, for years, he organised the celebrated Monday concerts in the palace of Cardinal Ottoboni in Rome. Corelli's compositions are famous for the beautiful flow of their melodies and so the Consort members had the idea to name themselves after him.

The Consort at first sight seems to be an ordinary chamber music ensemble with a solo vocalist accompanied by a classical trio, but instead of a cello or double bass, one can hear a contemporary woodwind instrument, the bassoon, as the base line. All the instruments, including the voice, play equally important roles within the group, as in a classical jazz formation, but their musical diction is based on Baroque concerto tradition.

The Corelli Consort's inclinations and convictions are towards the Baroque classics, through the unknown early Baroque composers to the works of Corelli, Vivaldi and Bach. They also embrace contemporary composers in their repertoire. Since its foundation (1994), the Corelli Consort has begun building a compellingly diverse repertoire for solo contralto voice and instrumental trio, performing works by Baroque composers,by the new generation of contemporary composers, sometimes introducing classical jazz or beat compositions.

The Corelli Consort has given concerts in Hungary and abroad, among others in Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Serbia, Slovakia, Poland, Turkey, South Korea and Japan.