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Händel - Twelve Grand Concertos

Composer George Frideric Handel
Performer Arte dei Suonatori
Martin Gester, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1705 SACD
EAN 7318591705062
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  3 discs
Release date Jul 2008
Total time 163'39

3 SACDs for the price of 2  
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Although it was in the field of opera that Handel had first made his mark when arriving in London in the early 18th Century, the high costs of producing operas made it an uncertain one. By the 1730s Handel therefore began to explore other possibilities. It is in this context that the Concerti grossi Op. 6 may be seen. 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. It would seem to have been a success: even before publication, Twelve Grand Concerto’s compos’d by Mr. Handel – as they were advertised in the press – had been sold in 122 copies to 100 subscribers, including Handel’s royal pupils, the princesses Anne, Amelia, Caroline, Mary and Louisa, as well as their brother, the Duke of Cumberland. In choosing to publish the concerti in a set of twelve, and adopting the set-up of a concertino group of two violins and one cello, contrasting with the tutti ensemble, Handel followed the tradition established by Arcangelo Corelli, whose hugely influential set of Concerti grossi Op. 6 had been published in 1714. What Handel added to the Corellian concerto was a distinctly dramatic quality – not surprisingly for the great operatic composer – as well as elements of the French-German suite tradition – in keeping with his own origins. 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, focussing on the baroque concerto.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Georg Friedrich Händel
  Concerto grosso No.1 in G major, HWV319 11'11
01 I. A tempo giusto 1'33
02 II. Allegro e forte 1'45
03 III. Adagio 2'28
04 IV. Allegro 2'29
05 V. Allegro 2'56
 
  Concerto grosso No.2 in F major, HWV320 11'47
06 I. Andante larghetto 4'17
07 II. Allegro 2'20
08 III. Largo – Larghetto andante 2'45
09 IV. Allegro ma non troppo 2'25
 
  Concerto grosso No.3 in E minor, HWV321 11'30
10 I. Larghetto 1'14
11 II. Andante 1'56
12 III. Allegro 2'26
13 IV. Polonaise. Andante 4'30
14 V. Allegro ma non troppo 1'24
 
  Concerto grosso No.4 in A minor, HWV322 11'26
15 I. Larghetto affettuoso 2'58
16 II. Allegro 3'14
17 III. Largo e piano 2'28
18 IV. Allegro 2'46
 
  Concerto grosso No.5 in D major, HWV323 14'47
19 I. Ouverture. Larghetto e staccato 1'34
20 II. Allegro 2'09
21 III. Presto 3'24
22 IV. Largo 2'18
23 V. Allegro 2'30
24 VI. Menuet. Un poco larghetto 2'52
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Georg Friedrich Händel
  Concerto grosso No.6 in G minor, HWV324 15'15
01 I. Largo e affettuoso 3'18
02 II. A tempo giusto 1'43
03 III. Musette. Larghetto 5'07
04 IV. Allegro 3'03
05 V. Allegro 2'04
 
  Concerto grosso No.7 in B flat major, HWV325 13'35
06 I. Largo 1'04
07 II. Allegro 2'50
08 III. Largo e piano 2'56
09 IV. Andante 3'41
10 V. Hornpipe 3'04
 
  Concerto grosso No.8 in C minor, HWV326 15'05
11 I. Allemande. Andante 6'26
12 II. Grave 1'47
13 III. Andante allegro 1'46
14 IV. Adagio 1'09
15 V. Siciliana. Andante 2'54
16 VI. Allegro 1'03
 
  Concerto grosso No.9 in F major, HWV327 12'34
17 I. Largo 1'32
18 II. Allegro 3'39
19 III. Larghetto 2'24
20 IV. Allegro 1'55
21 V. Menuet 1'16
22 VI. Gigue. Allegro 1'48
 
  Concerto grosso No.10 in D minor, HWV328 13'48
23 I. Ouverture – Allegro 3'45
24 II. Air. Lentement 3'25
25 III. Allegro 2'14
26 IV. Allegro 2'43
27 V. Allegro moderato 1'41
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Georg Friedrich Händel
  Concerto grosso No.11 in A major, HWV329 16'26
01 I. Andante larghetto e staccato 3'57
02 II. Allegro — Largo e staccato 2'25
03 II. Andante 4'16
04 IV. Allegro 5'48
 
  Concerto grosso No.12 in B minor, HWV330 11'34
05 I. Largo 1'50
06 II. Allegro 3'10
07 III. Aria. Larghetto e piano 3'53
08 IV. Largo 0'46
09 V. Allegro 1'55
 
  Album total 163'39
OrchestraArte dei Suonatori
ComposerHändel, Georg Friedrich
ConductorGester, Martin

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