Handel: Twelve Grand Concertos

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Is the world a smaller place in the twenty first century than it was in the eighteenth century? Consider first that this three-disc set on the Swedish BIS label features the Polish period-instrument ensemble Arte dei Suonatori led by French conductor Martin Gester. Then consider that the music they are performing is the "Concerto Grossi, Op. 6," of the German-born, Italian-trained, and English-based composer George Frederick Handel. But though half a dozen European countries are thus represented here, the final impression is of unfettered and unblinkered music-making of the highest order. Gester's conducting is light and lively with clear textures, buoyant tempos, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Is the world a smaller place in the twenty first century than it was in the eighteenth century? Consider first that this three-disc set on the Swedish BIS label features the Polish period-instrument ensemble Arte dei Suonatori led by French conductor Martin Gester. Then consider that the music they are performing is the "Concerto Grossi, Op. 6," of the German-born, Italian-trained, and English-based composer George Frederick Handel. But though half a dozen European countries are thus represented here, the final impression is of unfettered and unblinkered music-making of the highest order. Gester's conducting is light and lively with clear textures, buoyant tempos, and lucid counterpoint. Arte dei Suonatori's playing is crisp and colorful with a tight ensemble plus brilliant soloists. Together, the French conductor and the Polish orchestra turn in infectious performances of these popular works that rival the best period-instrument performances of the digital era for polish, style, and sheer beauty, and the Swedish label grants them clear, bright, and deep super audio digital sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Bis
  • EAN: 7318591705062
  • Catalog Number: 1705/6
  • Sales rank: 198,002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.6/1, HWV 319 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (11:29)
  2. 6–9 Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6/2, HWV 320 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (12:03)
  3. 10–14 Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6/3, HWV 321 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (11:48)
  4. 15–18 Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6/4, HWV 322 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (11:40)
  5. 19–24 Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.6/5, HWV 323 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (15:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1–5 Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op.6/6, HWV 324 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (15:29)
  2. 6–10 Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.6/7, HWV 325 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (13:48)
  3. 11–16 Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op.6/8, HWV 326 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (15:17)
  4. 17–22 Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6/9, HWV 327 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (12:48)
  5. 23–27 Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.6/10, HWV 328 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (14:24)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Concerto Grosso in A major, Op.6/11, HWV 329 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (16:42)
  2. 5–9 Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op.6/12, HWV 330 - George Frideric Handel & Martin Gester (12:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martin Gester Primary Artist
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