Handel - Concerti Grossi Op 3; Sonata a 5 Hybrid SACD
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Top Customer Reviews
The playing is sparkling, and there is plenty for the musicians to get their `teeth' into. From the thumping opening of the No.1 in B-flat major - G minor - I (Track 1) to the light flutterings that begin No.6 in D major - D minor - I (Track 21), this CD is a tour de force.
This is the first CD in the Academy of Ancient Music's aim to record Op.1 to 7... so I shall be listening out for more of this quality!
Pinnock. on the earlier and still excellent disc, offers rather more incisive playing with more bite and rhythmical drive throughout all six concertos. Egarr, on the other hand, provides a more rounded approach to both the interpretations and to the sound he draws from his orchestra. It would be quite wrong on this basis to say that one is better than the other or that one is more musical than the other. Preference between the two might well reflect the mood of the listener who may favour the more bracing approach of Pinnock one day and the warmer, more mellow approach of Eggar on another day.
This cannot therefore be a definitive review that states which one to buy. My suggestion is to try and decide whether mood is likely to be the closest to your own personality or fundamental character then choose accordingly. If in doubt, you can only gain musically by buying both as Handel's music will satisfy either way but quite differently.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a variety of concerti we have here! If you know the Opus 6 set, but not these, you will be delighted with the way Handel uses the oboe and flute to colour the textures and... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2010 by John Crimp
This is not the first version of these delectable concertos that I have owned, but it is certainly the finest, and the disc has barely been out of my player since it arrived. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2008 by Hedgehog