Handel: Concerti grossi, Op. 6 Nos. 1-6 Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin & Bernhard Forck

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Album-Release:
2019

HRA-Release:
19.07.2019

Label: PentaTone

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759): Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 6, No.1 (HWV 319):
  • 1Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 6 No. 1, HWV 319: I. A tempo giusto01:44
  • 2Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 6 No. 1, HWV 319: II. Allegro01:42
  • 3Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 6 No. 1, HWV 319: III. Adagio02:27
  • 4Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 6 No. 1, HWV 319: IV. Allegro02:28
  • 5Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 6 No. 1, HWV 319: V. Allegro02:56
  • Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 6, No. 2 (HWV 320):
  • 6Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 6 No. 2, HWV 320: I. Andante larghetto03:43
  • 7Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 6 No. 2, HWV 320: II. Allegro02:34
  • 8Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 6 No. 2, HWV 320: III. Largo02:17
  • 9Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 6 No. 2, HWV 320: IV. Allegro, ma non troppo02:12
  • Concerto grosso in E Minor, Op. 6, No. 3 (HWV 321):
  • 10Concerto grosso in E Minor, Op. 6 No. 3, HWV 321: I. Larghetto01:22
  • 11Concerto grosso in E Minor, Op. 6 No. 3, HWV 321: II. Andante01:32
  • 12Concerto grosso in E Minor, Op. 6 No. 3, HWV 321: III. Allegro02:27
  • 13Concerto grosso in E Minor, Op. 6 No. 3, HWV 321: IV. Polonaise. Andante03:45
  • 14Concerto grosso in E Minor, Op. 6 No. 3, HWV 321: V. Allegro, ma non troppo01:26
  • Concerto grosso in A Minor, Op. 6, No. 4 (HWV 322)
  • 15Concerto grosso in A Minor, Op. 6 No. 4, HWV 322: I. Larghetto affetuoso02:37
  • 16Concerto grosso in A Minor, Op. 6 No. 4, HWV 322: II. Allegro02:49
  • 17Concerto grosso in A Minor, Op. 6 No. 4, HWV 322: III. Largo e piano02:11
  • 18Concerto grosso in A Minor, Op. 6 No. 4, HWV 322: IV. Allegro02:35
  • Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 5 (HWV 323):
  • 19Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 6 No. 5, HWV 323: I. Larghetto e staccato01:48
  • 20Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 6 No. 5, HWV 323: II. Allegro02:08
  • 21Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 6 No. 5, HWV 323: III. Presto03:43
  • 22Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 6 No. 5, HWV 323: IV. Largo02:09
  • 23Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 6 No. 5, HWV 323: V. Allegro02:30
  • 24Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 6 No. 5, HWV 323: VI. Menuet. Un poco larghetto02:37
  • Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 6 (HWV 324):
  • 25Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 6, HWV 324: I. Largo affettuoso03:03
  • 26Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 6, HWV 324: II. A tempo giusto01:40
  • 27Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 6, HWV 324: III. Musette. Larghetto04:37
  • 28Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 6, HWV 324: IV. Allegro02:54
  • 29Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 6, HWV 324: V. Allegro02:17
  • Total Runtime01:12:13

Info for Handel: Concerti grossi, Op. 6 Nos. 1-6



The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin kickstarts their Handel trilogy with this recording of the first six concerti grossi op. 6. Originally designed as attractive interludes to English oratorio performances, Handel’s concerti grossi soon gained fame as the most appealing orchestral music of the baroque era. Written in London in 1739, towards the end of his career, Handel paid tribute to the immensely popular concerti grossi of Corelli while simultaneously proving his mastery incorporating all musical styles of his times. Led by their concertmaster Bernhard Forck, the players of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin demonstrate why many consider them the best baroque ensemble of today. This first instalment will be followed by the last six concerti grossi op. 6, as well as a recording of the concerti grossi op. 3. The ensemble’s first PENTATONE album, Cantata (2018) with countertenor Bejun Mehta, won a Diapason d’or.

Handel wrote the first six Concerti Grossi published as op. 6 in just over two weeks, from September 29 to October 15, 1739 (the final six were completed before Hallowe'en). You can hear the rush of inspiration in these works in a way that few pieces of music can match. I think of Mozart's piano concertos from the spring of 1785, and Schubert's composition of Winterreise in February and October of 1827. Handel's orchestral music sounds robust when it's played like this, but I've heard more than a few versions of both op. 3 and op. 6 that were crippled by poor musical choices or stylistic axe-grinding, on both sides of the Historically Informed Practices divide. Bernhard Forck and his very fine Berlin musicians, supported by Pentatone's fine engineers, let Handel's inspiration flow unimpeded.

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Bernhard Forck, conductor

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