Handel - Twelve Grand Concertos

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Handel - Twelve Grand Concertos

Label:

BIS

Catalogue No:

BISSACD1705/06
(BIS-SACD-1705/06)

Discs:

3

Release date:

1st Sept 2008

Barcode:

7318591705062

Length:

2 hours 43 minutes

Medium:

SACD (download also available)

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel
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Handel - Twelve Grand Concertos


Handel:

Concerti grossi Op. 6 Nos. 1-12 HWV319-330


Arte dei Suonatori, Martin Gester

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Composed during a few hectic weeks in the autumn of 1739, the set was partly intended by Handel – renowned mainly as a writer for singers and as an organist – to reinforce his stature as an instrumental composer.

The result is music that exhibits a great variety of musical thought and invention, here interpreted by the highly acclaimed Polish ensemble Arte dei Suonatori making their third recording for BIS. The recordings are the fruit of a regular collaboration between the ensemble and French conductor Martin Gester, focusing on the baroque concerto.

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in G major, Op. 6, No. 1, HWV 319

I. A tempo giusto

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

V. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 2, HWV 320

I. Andante larghetto

II. Allegro

III. Largo

IV. Allegro, ma non troppo

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op. 6, No. 3, HWV 321

I. Larghetto

II. Andante

III. Allegro

IV. Polonaise: Andante

V. Allegro, ma non troppo

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4, HWV 322

I. Larghetto affettuoso

II. Allegro

III. Largo e piano

IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 5, HWV 323

I. Larghetto e staccato

II. Allegro

III. Presto

IV. Largo

V. Allegro

VI. Menuet: Un poco larghetto

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6, HWV 324

I. Largo e affettuoso

II. Allegro, ma non troppo

III. Musette: Larghetto

IV. Allegro

V. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 6, No. 7, HWV 325

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Largo, e piano

IV. Andante

V. Hornpipe

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No. 8, HWV 326

I. Allemande: Andante

II. Grave

III. Andante allegro

IV. Adagio

V. Siciliana: Andante

VI. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 9, HWV 327

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Larghetto

IV. Allegro

V. Menuet

VI. Gigue

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 6, No. 10, HWV 328

I. Overture - Allegro

II. Air: Lento

III. Allegro

IV. Allegro

VI. Allegro moderato

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in A major, Op. 6, No. 11, HWV 329

I. Andante larghetto, e staccato

II. Allegro - Largo e staccato

III. Andante

IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op. 6, No. 12, HWV 330

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Larghetto, e piano - Variatio

IV. Largo

V. Allegro

BBC Music Magazine

January 2009

*****

“This Polish ensemble, little recorded so far, plays them splendidly - 16 technically assured period strings, coloured by harpsichord or organ continuo and a pretty active archlute. The ensemble is intensely expressive, from the stark open-string ending of the No. 6 Largo, through a wall of sound in the Polonaise of No. 3, to the witty fugue in the opening movement of No. 7.”

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