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Handel - Six Concerti Grossi, Op. 3

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Catalogue numberBIS-2079 SACD
Release date2021-05-07
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time62:20

What we know as ‘Handel’s Opus 3’ is most likely little more than a brazen attempt by the London publisher John Walsh to make some quick money. In 1715, Walsh had issued a pirated edition of Corelli’s 12 Concerti Grossi Opus 6 which proved an instant success, and left him constantly looking for similar opportunities. Almost 20 years later, perhaps in the knowledge that the royal protection granted to Handel’s musical output was about to expire, Walsh assembled a set of six orchestral pieces for a wide range of instruments. He prefaced them with a wholly misleading title-page – based on Corelli’s style-defining collection – and advertised them as Handel’s ‘Opera Terza’.

It is likely that Handel never took part in the selection and organisation of the individual movements, although he may have been involved in the revisions made when a reprint was necessary a few years later. Selected from various sources, the six concertos certainly don’t form an organic cycle – in complete contrast to the future Op. 6 concerti grossi, which Handel carefully conceived as a set. The fact remains that Opus 3 contains some of Handel’s best-loved music, in instrumental combinations that are colourful and often unexpected – aspects that Martin Gester and his musicians in the Tasmanian period band Van Diemen’s Band make the most of.
 
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  Concerto Grosso No. 2 in B flat major, HWV 313 11:59
01 I. Vivace 01:52 $ 0.45 USD
02 II. Largo 02:45 $ 0.66 USD
03 III. Allegro 02:21 $ 0.56 USD
04 IV. [Tempo di minuetto] 01:37 $ 0.39 USD
05 V. [Gavotte] 03:24 $ 0.82 USD
 
  Concerto Grosso No. 3 in G major, HWV 314 08:22
06 I. Largo e staccato 00:38 $ 0.15 USD
07 II. Allegro 02:45 $ 0.66 USD
08 III. Adagio 01:00 $ 0.24 USD
09 IV. Allegro 03:59 $ 0.96 USD
 
  Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D minor, HWV 316 10:01
10 I. [no tempo marking] 01:33 $ 0.37 USD
11 II. Allegro [ma non presto] 02:21 $ 0.56 USD
12 III. Adagio 01:32 $ 0.37 USD
13 IV. Allegro ma non troppo 01:41 $ 0.40 USD
14 V. Allegro 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
 
  Concerto Grosso No. 6 in D major, HWV 317 10:33
15 I. Vivace 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
16 II. Adagio 03:49 $ 0.92 USD
17 III. Allegro 04:01 $ 0.96 USD
 
  Concerto Grosso No. 4 in F major, HWV 315 12:25
18 I. Andante — Allegro — Lentamente 06:19 $ 1.52 USD
19 II. Andante 01:49 $ 0.44 USD
20 III. Allegro 01:34 $ 0.38 USD
21 IV. Minuetto a & b alternatim 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
 
  Concerto Grosso No. 1 in B flat major, HWV 312 08:49
22 I. Allegro 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
23 II. Largo 04:07 $ 0.99 USD
24 III. Allegro 01:59 $ 0.48 USD
 
  Album total 62:20
ConductorGester, Martin
Baroque orchestraVan Diemen’s Band
OrganGester, Martin

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