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Handel: Concerti Grossi Op.3 & Op.6 (DECCA The Originals) Box set, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2007)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000SSPKZO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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DEC 4758673; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I readily accept that my attachment to a very few recordings is primarily based on the fact that they were the medium whereby I first encountered a particularly glorious or seminal piece of music - and this set is one of those. Having said that, I also maintain that sometimes the music is so perfectly executed that the attachment remains justified - and, again, this is just the case with Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. It is scarcely credible that Opus 6 and Opus 3 here were recorded in 1968 and 1964 respectively; the sound is clean, bright and not lacking in depth. Nor is the performing idiom especially dated: we are here regaled by crisp articulation, unfussy continuo from distinguished artists Thurston Dart on the harpsichord and Andrew Davis on the organ, and sensitive, elegant string playing from celebrated fiddlers such as Iona Brown and Marriner himself.

I recall that on first hearing I could not believe the serene enchantment of the Largo in no.2 in F major and found myself playing it over and over. There are so many moments of similarly arresting beauty in this miraculous music, surely one of Handel's best kept secrets. It is full of unexpected delights, such as the appearance of Cleopatra's "Piangero" aria as the Adagio in the C minor no.8. I place it on a par, in mood and emotional scope, with equally neglected music such as Rameau's keyboard suites in the cherishable classic recording by Marcelle Meyer on her Pleyel piano. I know that there are recommendable, more modern recordings by Hogwood and Harnoncourt, but I have no particular desire to hear this music on period instruments when it is played as well as it is here, and I found Trevor Pinnock's interpretation distinctly earthbound by comparison, and so waited years for this version to reappear.
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2014
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Coming late in the day to Handel, like discovering a new land only mistily perceived before, I have a lot of deeply pleasurable catching up to do.
Despite being obviously a baroque composer, I don't think of Handel merely in that way. His music can sound surprisingly innovative and even 'modern'. Plenty of times listening to Semele or Orlando, or these captivating pieces, when something he's done makes you sit up in amazement or you feel your heart - and indeed time - stop as a phrase or a note takes your breath away.
The marvellous works collected on this glorious two-disc bonanza are full of the Italian sunshine and ebullience to which Handel was exposed for two years as a young man. It is to our great benefit that the German composer who settled in England was able to imbibe, personally and musically, the relatively relaxed ambiences and influences during his stay in that sunlit Mediterranean country. They flow and glow throughout his music, which, along with his bounteous melodic gift, imbue it with a quality not even Mozart or Haydn could boast.
The earlier op.3 concerti are placed on the third disc, but they are certainly no less compelling than the later op.6 examples of the genre, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Neville Marriner (how many superb recordings they have given us!) play them all with taste, finesse, no lack of passion or vitality, and a seemingly instinctive flair for what sounds right.
Anybody like myself, who has steered a course mostly away from the baroque, should have played to them this music, and if it is in performances as nearly perfect as these, they might well be converted as I have been, at least to Handel if not to the whole of 18th century music.
To hear such a marriage of compositional genius with this kind of clear, committed playing is a pleasure beyond price.

Greatly recommended
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If you prefer the Concerti Grossi performed on modern instruments, then this is the recording to go for. It stands head and shoulders above the opposition, and is even more desirable since this digitally remastered reissue (it was in fact of top quality before). The tempi are always well considered, neither too fast nor too slow, and are nicely contrasted between movements. The Academy musicians play with the utmost polish, beautiful ensemble, and every phrase perfectly turned. The solo instruments are well highlighted without jumping out of the loudpseakers as in some performances. If you can afford only one version of the Concerti Grossi, this would be my recommendation.

(On the matter of authenticity and modern instruments: we know that Handel was an intensely practical composer, ready to reshape his music for the available forces. I am sure that he would have loved the full, lush sound of the modern strings, but that is just my opinion!)
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VERY FAMILIAR WITH THIS RECORD ON TAPE.GREAT MUSIC WITH NO FRILLY BITS BETWEEN THE TUNES. FIRST CLASS RECORDING EVEN THOUGH ITS QUITE OLD 100% YOU WILL LOVE THIS.
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