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Reissue of Handel's Concerti Grossi recommended by Gramophone

September 28, 2012

Gramophone magazine has recommended the 2006 reissue of Christopher's Handel Concerti Grossi Opp 3 and 6 recordings (originally recorded in 1988-92). The recording is available as audio CD from Avie.


christopher-hogwood-handel-6-concerti-grossi-op-3-12-concerti-grossi-op-6_w200.jpgGramophone Recommendation

Handel Concerti Grossi, Opp 3 and 6

Handel and Haydn Society / Christopher Hogwood

Avie AV2065 (3h 38' · DDD) Buy from Amazon

The review continues:

"For this recording Christopher Hogwood uses a performance edition that takes into account manuscript sources that pre-date Walsh's compilation. It is good to have the Handel and Haydn Society's disciplined and lean performances available again thanks to this newly compiled and remastered reissue. The opening of Op 3 No 2 has deliciously sprung rhythms and fine solo concertino playing; the sublime cello duet in the following Largo is sinewy yet tender, its melancholic mood enhanced by the restrained oboe solo. Handel later added oboes and bassoons to some of the Op 6 concertos when they were performed in the theatre but Hogwood prefers Handel's original scoring for string orchestra throughout.

The Handel and Haydn Society's alert enthusiasm is tangible throughout these polished and stylish readings, originally recorded by L'Oiseau-Lyre. Hogwood directs with natural sensitivity and his tastefully emphasised suspensions and relaxed shaping of cadences are consistently perfect."


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