Handel: Twelve Grand Concertos

Handel: Twelve Grand Concertos

by Martin Gester

SACD(Super Audio CD)

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Handel: Twelve Grand Concertos

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
Label: Bis
UPC: 7318591705062
catalogNumber: 1705/6

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.6/1, HWV 319

    1. 1. Largo  (01:36)
    2. 2. Allegro e forte  (01:45)
    3. 3. Adagio  (02:28)
    4. 4. Allegro  (02:29)
    5. 5. Allegro  (03:11)
  2. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6/2, HWV 320

    1. 1. Andante larghetto  (04:19)
    2. 2. Allegro  (02:21)
    3. 3. Largo - Larghetto andante  (02:45)
    4. 4. Allegro ma non troppo  (02:38)
  3. Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6/3, HWV 321

    1. 1. Larghetto  (01:16)
    2. 2. Andante  (01:58)
    3. 3. Allegro  (02:27)
    4. 4. Polonaise. Andante  (04:31)
    5. 5. Allegro ma non troppo  (01:36)
  4. Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6/4, HWV 322

    1. 1. Larghetto affettuoso  (02:59)
    2. 2. Allegro  (03:15)
    3. 3. Largo e piano  (02:27)
    4. 4. Allegro  (02:59)
  5. Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.6/5, HWV 323

    1. 1. Ouverture. Larghetto e staccato  (01:36)
    2. 2. Allegro  (02:09)
    3. 3. Presto  (03:24)
    4. 4. Largo  (02:18)
    5. 5. Allegro  (02:30)
    6. 6. Menuet. Un poco larghetto  (03:23)

Disc 2

  1. Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op.6/6, HWV 324

    1. 1. Largo e affettuoso  (03:20)
    2. 2. A tempo giusto  (01:42)
    3. 3. Musette. Larghetto  (05:07)
    4. 4. Allegro  (03:03)
    5. 5. Allegro  (02:17)
  2. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.6/7, HWV 325

    1. 1. Largo  (01:05)
    2. 2. Allegro  (02:50)
    3. 3. Largo e piano  (02:56)
    4. 4. Andante  (03:41)
    5. 5. Hornpipe  (03:16)
  3. Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op.6/8, HWV 326

    1. 1. Allemande. Andante  (06:27)
    2. 2. Grave  (01:46)
    3. 3. Andante allegro  (01:46)
    4. 4. Adagio  (01:09)
    5. 5. Siciliana. Andante  (02:53)
    6. 6. Allegro  (01:16)
  4. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6/9, HWV 327

    1. 1. Largo  (01:33)
    2. 2. Allegro  (03:39)
    3. 3. Larghetto  (02:25)
    4. 4. Allegro  (01:56)
    5. 5. Menuet  (01:16)
    6. 6. Gigue. Allegro  (01:59)
  5. Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.6/10, HWV 328

    1. 1. Ouverture - Allegro  (03:48)
    2. 2. Air. Lentement  (03:27)
    3. 3. Allegro  (02:13)
    4. 4. Allegro  (02:44)
    5. 5. Allegro moderato  (02:12)

Disc 3

  1. Concerto Grosso in A major, Op.6/11, HWV 329

    1. 1. Andante larghetto e staccato  (04:00)
    2. 2. Allegro - Largo e staccato  (02:24)
    3. 3. Andante  (04:16)
    4. 4. Allegro  (06:02)
  2. Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op.6/12, HWV 330

    1. 1. Largo  (01:52)
    2. 2. Allegro  (03:12)
    3. 3. Aria. Larghetto e piano  (03:53)
    4. 4. Largo  (00:46)
    5. 5. Allegro  (02:35)

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