[ Pentatone / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 19 July 2019
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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 time. 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 installment 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.
1-5 No. 1 in G Major (HWV 319)
6-9 No. 2 in F Major (HWV 320)
10-14 No. 3 in E Minor (HW 321)
15-18 No. 4 in A Minor (HWV 322)
19-24 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323)
25-29 No. 6 in G Minor (HWV 324)