Handel - Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 and Op, 6 Box set
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Audio CD, Box set, 19 Dec 2008
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As America's oldest professional musical organisation, the Boston, Massachusetts-based Handel and Haydn Society, founded in 1815, boasts a venerable history that includes the Stateside premieres of Handel's Messiah, Bach's B Minor Mass, and Haydn's Creation. Their legacy was sealed by a path-breaking series of recordings with former Music Director Christopher Hogwood. Following the highly successful spring release of Haydn Arias and Cantatas with the late, legendary soprano Arleen Auger (also on Avie), this re-issue of Handel's Concerti Grossi is the second in a series that mines the best of the Handel & Haydn Society's back catalogue, making them available again to a public where there is clearly still considerable demand. Op. 3 and Op. 6, performed on period instruments, are newly compiled and released together for the first time on this 3 CD set.
Critical acclaim for Handel & Haydn Society's Haydn Arias and Cantatas with Arleen Auger:
"With her limpid, gently rounded tone, immaculate coloratura and unfailing elegance of phrase, Auger had few rivals in this repertoire...Auger's singing is, as ever, a model of musicality and grace...A moving reminder of a Classical stylist." - BBC Music Magazine
"Her mastery of the art of singing was evident in every phrase - the meaningful delivery of the words, the precise coloratura, the beautiful legato, the sterling musicianship." - The Boston Globe
Handel & Haydn Society, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
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Here he conducts and leads the Handel & Haydn Society who also specialise in historically informed performance.
Together they produce a project rich in performance style typical of the period that the music was composed.
This release is wonderful with great performance and excellent sound.
A set of Concertos by Handel was collected together to form Concerti grossi Op3 and published by John Walsh in 1734 but it was without Handel's permission. The pieces had various original intention and scoring but this publication by Walsh was a hotchpotch compilation.
The publication used woodwind instruments as well as strings. Meanwhile Handel who had been busy, and in great demand in London looked towards making a strong and defined mark. By 1739 he had composed 12 original concertos with the pure intention of them being part of a related set. This would be Op 6. Also up to that point Handel had realised that Opus Six as a title seemed to be recognised by most musicians as Corelli's famous set of 12 concertos published in 1714. Corelli's concertos were scored for strings and so Handel did likewise.
Handel then published the works via John Walsh but with the words "Published by the Author" on the title page thus authenticating the work to himself.
Handel later used woodwind in performances but For this recording Christopher Hogwood uses a performance edition that takes into account manuscript sources that pre-date John Walsh's publication compilation of Opus 3. Hogwood also uses Handel's own original score for Op 6 without woodwind that he published in 1740.
The recording and performance are excellent. It is a slick and lean performance. In Op 3 No 2 there is fine sprung rhythms and lovely solo concertino playing. The cello duet in the Largo is tender, its melancholic mood excellent without the familiar oboe solo on other recordings of Handel's later revisions.
The Handel & Haydn Society are enthusiastic throughout these stylish recordings. The sound is not too dry or overly rich like other recordings. In fact Hogwood gets the best sound with sensitive, tasteful and relaxed direction..
Hogwood and the Handel and Haydn Society give good judgement of tempo and phrasing with good punctuation that brings the music alive.
Handel, like Corelli, wrote his concertinos for two violins and a cello. The first violin part is shared by Stanley Ritchie and Daniel Stepner, the second, played in all but one concerto, by Linda Quan. The cellist is Myron Lutzke.
This is a first class digital recording on authentic instruments.
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