Handel: Concerti grossi Op. 3 and Op. 6

 
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HANDEL
Handel: Concerti grossi Op. 3 and Op. 6
Georg Kallweit, Bernhard Forck , Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

[ Pentatone / 3 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 12 March 2021

BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES OF HANDEL'S MASTERWORKS

Handel's concerti grossi Op. 3 and Op. 6 are among the most exceptional instrumental music of the baroque age, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin brings out all the brilliance of these delightful works. After three individual releases between 2019 and 2020 that all received rave reviews, PENTATONE now presents these pieces in a three-disc boxset. With their historically-informed and lively playing, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and concertmasters Georg Kallweit (Op.3) and Bernhard Forck (Op. 6) demonstrate why many consider them the best baroque ensemble of today.

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin presented acclaimed recordings of Telemann's Miriways and Handel's Messiah in 2020. Their 2019 recording of the first six Handel Op. 6 concerti grossi was hailed as "immaculately played … free of fashionable eccentricities" by The Sunday Times, while Klassik praised the ensemble's playing as "eloquent". Their following release with the remainder of the Op. 6 concertos (2020) was singled out by Music Web International for its unprecedented "lightness" and "brightness", while BBC Music Magazine concluded that the Op. 3 recording "deserves a place in the hall of fame". The ensemble's first PENTATONE album, Cantata (2018) with countertenor Bejun Mehta, won a Diapason d'or.

Tracks:

DISK ONE

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Concerto grosso in B-flat Major Op. 3, No. 1 (HWV 312)

1) I. Allegro
2) II. Largo
3) III. Allegro

Concerto grosso in B-flat Major Op. 3, No. 2 (HWV 313)

4) I. Vivace
5) II. Largo
6) III. Allegro
7) IV. [Moderato]
8) V. [Allegro]

Concerto grosso in G Major Op. 3, No. 3 (HWV 314)

9) I. Largo e staccato
10) II. Allegro
11) III. Adagio
12) IV. Allegro

Concerto grosso in F Major Op. 3, No. 4 (HWV 315)

13) I. Andante - Allegro - Lentamente
14) II. Andante
15) III. Allegro
16) IV. Minuetto alternativo - Minuetto alternativo

Concerto grosso in D Minor Op. 3, No. 5 (HWV 316)

17) I. [Largo]
18) II. Allegro
19) III. Adagio
20) IV. Allegro ma non troppo
21) V. Allegro

Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 3, No. 6 (HWV 317)

22) I. Vivace
23) II. Allegro

DISK TWO
Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 6, No.1 (HWV 319)

1) I. A tempo giusto
2) II. Allegro
3) III. Adagio
4) IV. Allegro
5) V. Allegro

Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 6, No. 2 (HWV 320)

6) I. Andante larghetto
7) II. Allegro
8) III. Largo
9) IV. Allegro, ma non troppo

Concerto grosso in E Minor, Op. 6, No. 3 (HWV 321)

10) I. Larghetto
11) II. Andante
12) III. Allegro
13) IV. Polonaise. Andante
14) V. Allegro, ma non troppo

Concerto grosso in A Minor, Op. 6, No. 4 (HWV 322)

15) I. Larghetto affetuoso
16) II. Allegro
17) III. Largo e piano
18) IV. Allegro

Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 5 (HWV 323)

19) I. Larghetto e staccato
20) II. Allegro
21) III. Presto
22) IV. Largo
23) V. Allegro
24) VI. Menuet. Un poco larghetto

Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 6 (HWV 324)

25) I. Largo affetuoso
26) II. A tempo giusto
27) III. Musette. Larghetto
28) IV. Allegro
29) V. Allegro

DISK THREE
Concerto grosso in B-flat Major Op. 6, No. 7 (HWV 325)

1) I. Largo
2) II. Allegro
3) III. Largo
4) IV. Andante
5) V. Hornpipe

Concerto grosso in C Minor Op. 6, No. 8 (HWV 326)

6) I. Allemande
7) II. Grave
8) III. Andante allegro
9) IV. Adagio
10) V. Siciliana. Andante
11) VI. Allegro

Concerto grosso in F Major Op. 6, No. 9 (HWV 327)

12) I. Largo
13) II. Allegro
14) III. Larghetto
15) IV. Allegro
16) V. Menuet
17) VI. Gigue. Allegro

Concerto grosso in D Minor Op. 6, No. 10 (HWV 328)

18) I. Ouverture
19) II. Air. Lentement
20) III. Allegro
21) IV. Allegro
22) V. Allegro moderato

Concerto grosso in A Major Op. 6, No. 11 (HWV 329)

23) I. Andante larghetto e staccato
24) II. Allegro
25) III. Largo e staccato
26) IV. Andante
27) V. Allegro

Concerto grosso in B Minor Op. 6, No. 12 (HWV 330)

28) I. Largo
29) II. Allegro
30) III. Aria. Larghetto e piano
31) IV. Largo
32) V. Allegro