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Handel - Concerti Grossi Op 3; Sonata a 5 Hybrid SACD

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B000MGB7O0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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HMF 807415; HARMONIA MUNDI - Francia; Classica Orchestrale

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By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Feb. 2008
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Exquiste performances. Concerto number 6 in D major includes a wonderful solo organ improvisation by Egarr as the second movement. The disc concludes with the little known 1707 concerto a 5 HWV 288(Known also as Sonata a 5) greatly influenced by Corelli but with greater imagination and theatrically on Handel's part. A must recording for any Handelian or Corellian. Also beautifully packaged by Harmonia Mundi.
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At last: a fine recording of Op.3 on period instruments! This gives the music a less crisp edge, but they make up for it by infusing a warm and fullness you just don't get with modern instruments.

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!
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This set, recorded in 2006, offers quite a clear choice for period music enthusiasts. Both are equally well researched and period aware and the players on both discs are equally capable of overcoming the problems for playing these, often tricky, instruments. The recorded sound in both cases matches the characteristics of the performances.

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.
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