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Handel: Trio Sonatas Opp.2 & 5 (Academy of Ancient Music/Richard Egarr)

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  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Composer: Handel
  • Audio CD (19 Oct 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B002HNA940
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Trio Sonatas, Op. 2, Nos. 1-6 - Academy of Ancient Music
Disc: 2
1. Seven Trio Sonatas, Op. 5, HWV 396-402 - Academy of Ancient Music

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HMF 907467 68; HARMONIA MUNDI - Francia; Classica da camera

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous set 26 Nov 2012
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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This is a fabulous set. Handel's chamber music is far less well known than his vocal and choral works or than his wonderful concerti grossi but it is delightful and of the highest quality. Packed with Handel's genius for melody and harmonic invention, it is among of the best of Baroque chamber music in my view, and these trio sonatas contain some of the best of it.

The performances here are terrific. I have had sets of Op.2 by Sonnerie and Op.5 by L'École d'Orphée for years. Both are excellent and I have loved them dearly, but this set is at least their equal and I may even prefer it. The individual musicians are all outstanding: Richard Egarr and Pavlo Beznosiuk both now have high and well-deserved international reputations, and Rodolfo Richter, Rachel Brown and Joseph Crouch are just as good here. There is an effortless virtuosity about the ensemble and they play with a wonderful poise and understanding both of the music and of each other, bringing out all the subtleties and moods of this varied music and it is simply a joy to listen to. The recorded sound is rich, intimate and beautifully balanced and the presentation and notes are very good.

I am sorry to sound gushing, but I really think this set is something very special. It has given me a huge amount of pleasure and I recommend it very warmly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Music 25 Feb 2013
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Richard Egarr draws all his musician friends together, and their achievement is for us to enjoy and listen to Handel at his best. This music is so relaxing and all five of them play it with much warmth and passion.

With the AAM, Egarr knows who to accompany him, whenever he undertakes recordings. In these Trio Sonatas, his judgement has been proved correct for what Beznosiuk, Richter, Brown, Crouch and Egarr deliver is absolutely sublime.

With other recordings of these works, you might pay less or more, but this is the finest.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what it should be 22 Feb 2010
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It is good to have these less well known Trio Sonates. Opus 5 is particularly fine while Opus 2 is very listenable if not as original. A fine addition for the Handel corpus of CDs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure for the Handel Lover 14 Nov 2009
By Ray - Published on Amazon.com
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This superb recording of Handel's Trio sonatas forms the latest, and sadly, the last, of the "Handel Opus Number" series recorded by the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr of the past two years. It has been an excellent run. This series of recordings has set a new benchmark standard for Handel recordings, and each set in the series (see links, below) has been uniformly excellent. It is sad to see the series end, but of course, Handel only wrote so many of these non-vocal pieces during his career (Handel's prodigious output was turned mostly to vocal and oratorio pieces). The AAM has nevertheless taken what Handel wrote and done a masterful job of adding to the Handelian repertoire of recordings by producing a set that will be treasured by all enthusiasts.

The price on these recordings is quite high, but one must remember that this is the price (literally) we must pay in order to see state of the art recordings newly made by the world's best orchestras, and the Academy of Ancient Music, now under Egarr's lead, is certainly among that esteemed list of orchestras. The performances are nothing less than superb, and bring back the memories of the great series of recordings made with Pinnock and Hogwood from the 1970's and 80's. It can be easily seen after listening to these recordings just why the Academy has been the recipient of much praise and awards. These players have reached a level of excellence that clearly places them amongst the top performers to be found anywhere. But the recordings, too, made here by Harmonia Mundi, are also superb. The sonics are excellent, with great dynamic range, imperceptible noise levels, and fantastic orchestral balance. Before you rip these to your MP3 player, make sure you spend some time listening to them with a good set of headphones from the original CD's, and see what a performance can really sound like.

Make sure you read Egarr's comments in the enclosed liner about certain pieces of Handel's works being now listed as "spurious." It's an interesting set of ideas he expounds.

In short, I easily can rate this at my strongest rating level, with five stars for performance, five stars for recording, and three stars for price (but only because it is difficult to pay so much for a recording, but if this is what it takes to ensure we have more of these recordings made, then it is alright, and perhaps, in some way, to actually be encouraged). Don't miss out on this superb series.

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Make sure you also look into The Academy of Ancient Music's other recordings in the "Handel Opus Number" series, all available now:
Handel: Organ Concertos Op. 7
Handel: 12 Solo Sonatas, Op. 1Aca
Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3; Sonata a 5
Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 4 [Hybrid SACD]
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent 26 May 2011
By GEORGE RANNIE - Published on Amazon.com
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It has been noted that the price for this two (2)disc Harmonia mundi (USA) recording of the six (6) Trio Sonatas Opus 2 by George Fridereric Handel and the seven (7) Opus 5 Trio Sonatas by the same composer, is a little high; however, you can believe me that this superb recording, is worth whatever price one has to pay for it, The recording exemplifies Handel's creative compositional genius and the works contained therein are played superbly by the academy of Ancient Music with Pavlo Beznosiuk and Rodolfo Richter fabulously playing the violins. Their performances are so "in tune" with wonderful intonation and with keen senses of rhythm. I really adored this recording because all of the Trios are so very melodic with very interesting rhythms plus the works are played marvelously by all involved,.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performances of fascinating music 13 Oct 2011
By SLO Classical Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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I have many CDs of Handel orchestral music, but this is my current favorite. Over the last year, I've listened to this repeatedly and it gets better each time. The music itself is fascinating and surprisingly varied. Technically, the performances are flawless. More importantly, the performances are very musical and flow beautifully. The recording is also excellent. It doesn't get much better than this for these works.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous set 26 Nov 2012
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a fabulous set. Handel's chamber music is far less well known than his vocal and choral works or than his wonderful concerti grossi but it is delightful and of the highest quality. Packed with Handel's genius for melody and harmonic invention, it is among of the best of Baroque chamber music in my view, and these trio sonatas contain some of the best of it.

The performances here are terrific. I have had sets of Op.2 by Sonnerie and Op.5 by L'École d'Orphée for years. Both are excellent and I have loved them dearly, but this set is at least their equal and I may even prefer it. The individual musicians are all outstanding: Richard Egarr and Pavlo Beznosiuk both now have high and well-deserved international reputations, and Rodolfo Richter, Rachel Brown and Joseph Crouch are just as good here. There is an effortless virtuosity about the ensemble and they play with a wonderful poise and understanding both of the music and of each other, bringing out all the subtleties and moods of this varied music and it is simply a joy to listen to. The recorded sound is rich, intimate and beautifully balanced and the presentation and notes are very good.

I am sorry to sound gushing, but I really think this set is something very special. It has given me a huge amount of pleasure and I recommend it very warmly.
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