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Händel - Twelve Grand Concertos

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1705-06
Release date2008-07-20
Discs3
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

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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
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.1 in G major, HWV319 11:11
01 I. A tempo giusto 01:33 $ 0.33 USD
02 II. Allegro e forte 01:45 $ 0.37 USD
03 III. Adagio 02:28 $ 0.52 USD
04 IV. Allegro 02:29 $ 0.52 USD
05 V. Allegro 02:56 $ 0.62 USD
 
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.2 in F major, HWV320 11:47
06 I. Andante larghetto 04:17 $ 0.90 USD
07 II. Allegro 02:20 $ 0.49 USD
08 III. Largo – Larghetto andante 02:45 $ 0.58 USD
09 IV. Allegro ma non troppo 02:25 $ 0.51 USD
 
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.3 in E minor, HWV321 11:30
10 I. Larghetto 01:14 $ 0.26 USD
11 II. Andante 01:56 $ 0.41 USD
12 III. Allegro 02:26 $ 0.51 USD
13 IV. Polonaise. Andante 04:30 $ 0.95 USD
14 V. Allegro ma non troppo 01:24 $ 0.29 USD
 
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.4 in A minor, HWV322 11:26
15 I. Larghetto affettuoso 02:58 $ 0.62 USD
16 II. Allegro 03:14 $ 0.68 USD
17 III. Largo e piano 02:28 $ 0.52 USD
18 IV. Allegro 02:46 $ 0.58 USD
 
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.5 in D major, HWV323 14:47
19 I. Ouverture. Larghetto e staccato 01:34 $ 0.33 USD
20 II. Allegro 02:09 $ 0.45 USD
21 III. Presto 03:24 $ 0.71 USD
22 IV. Largo 02:18 $ 0.48 USD
23 V. Allegro 02:30 $ 0.53 USD
24 VI. Menuet. Un poco larghetto 02:52 $ 0.60 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.6 in G minor, HWV324 15:15
01 I. Largo e affettuoso 03:18 $ 0.69 USD
02 II. A tempo giusto 01:43 $ 0.36 USD
03 III. Musette. Larghetto 05:07 $ 1.07 USD
04 IV. Allegro 03:03 $ 0.64 USD
05 V. Allegro 02:04 $ 0.43 USD
 
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.7 in B flat major, HWV325 13:35
06 I. Largo 01:04 $ 0.22 USD
07 II. Allegro 02:50 $ 0.60 USD
08 III. Largo e piano 02:56 $ 0.62 USD
09 IV. Andante 03:41 $ 0.77 USD
10 V. Hornpipe 03:04 $ 0.64 USD
 
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.8 in C minor, HWV326 15:05
11 I. Allemande. Andante 06:26 $ 1.35 USD
12 II. Grave 01:47 $ 0.37 USD
13 III. Andante allegro 01:46 $ 0.37 USD
14 IV. Adagio 01:09 $ 0.24 USD
15 V. Siciliana. Andante 02:54 $ 0.61 USD
16 VI. Allegro 01:03 $ 0.22 USD
 
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.9 in F major, HWV327 12:34
17 I. Largo 01:32 $ 0.32 USD
18 II. Allegro 03:39 $ 0.77 USD
19 III. Larghetto 02:24 $ 0.50 USD
20 IV. Allegro 01:55 $ 0.40 USD
21 V. Menuet 01:16 $ 0.27 USD
22 VI. Gigue. Allegro 01:48 $ 0.38 USD
 
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.10 in D minor, HWV328 13:48
23 I. Ouverture – Allegro 03:45 $ 0.79 USD
24 II. Air. Lentement 03:25 $ 0.72 USD
25 III. Allegro 02:14 $ 0.47 USD
26 IV. Allegro 02:43 $ 0.57 USD
27 V. Allegro moderato 01:41 $ 0.35 USD
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.11 in A major, HWV329 16:26
01 I. Andante larghetto e staccato 03:57 $ 0.83 USD
02 II. Allegro — Largo e staccato 02:25 $ 0.51 USD
03 II. Andante 04:16 $ 0.90 USD
04 IV. Allegro 05:48 $ 1.22 USD
 
 
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Concerto grosso No.12 in B minor, HWV330 11:34
05 I. Largo 01:50 $ 0.39 USD
06 II. Allegro 03:10 $ 0.67 USD
07 III. Aria. Larghetto e piano 03:53 $ 0.82 USD
08 IV. Largo 00:46 $ 0.16 USD
09 V. Allegro 01:55 $ 0.40 USD
 
  Album total 02:38:58
OrchestraArte dei Suonatori
ComposerHändel, Georg Friedrich
ConductorGester, Martin

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