George Frideric Händel – Six Concerti Grossi Op.3

George Frideric Händel – Six Concerti Grossi Op.3

About this work:
Opus 3 is made up of assorted versions of concerti. Händel arranged and re-arranged many of these works often and so a definitive edition is probably impossible to assemble. Rather than being alarmed by the lack of similarities, we are treated to different combinations of instruments and different textures from movement to movement. Musicologists are bothered by who it was, precisely, that turned these concerti into a whole opus number. His publisher, John Walsh, claims responsibility,  but did he do it with Händel’s approval? We don’t care. It’s a delicious selection.  Oboes, bassoons, and recorders are featured in the first, a solo flute brightens the third, while an organ improvisation shows up in the sixth to separate the first and last movements. Higher strings give energy to the opening of the second along with a pair of oboes, and the same combination darkens the second movement. The fourth has a prominent, propulsive harpsichord.

Track List:

01. I. Concerto grosso in B flat major Op. 3 N: 1 (2:31)
02. II. Concerto grosso in B flat major Op. 3 N: 1 (4:18)
03. III. Concerto grosso in B flat major Op. 3 N: 1 (1:24)
04. I. Concerto grosso in B flat major Op. 3 N: 2 (1:50)
05. II. Concerto grosso in B flat major Op. 3 N: 2 (2:27)
06. III. Concerto grosso in B flat major Op. 3 N: 2 (2:14)
07. IV. Concerto grosso in B flat major Op. 3 N: 2 (1:48)
08. V. Concerto grosso in B flat major Op. 3 N: 2 (3:12)
09. I. Concerto grosso in G major Op. 3 N: 3 (3:10)
10. II. Concerto grosso in G major Op. 3 N: 3 (1:04)
11. III. Concerto grosso in G major Op. 3 N: 3 (3:53)
12. I. Concerto grosso in F major Op. 3 N: 4 (5:51)
13. II. Concerto grosso in F major Op. 3 N: 4 (1:36)
14. III. Concerto grosso in F major Op. 3 N: 4 (1:35)
15. IV. Concerto grosso in F major Op. 3 N: 4 (2:56)
16. I. Concerto grosso in D minor Op. 3 N: 5 (1:27)
17. II. Concerto grosso in D minor Op. 3 N: 5 (2:20)
18. III. Concerto grosso in D minor Op. 3 N: 5 (1:44)
19. IV. Concerto grosso in D minor Op. 3 N: 5 (1:53)
20. V. Concerto grosso in D minor Op. 3 N: 5 (2:35)
21. I. Concerto grosso in D major Op. 3 N: 6 (2:47)
22. II. Concerto grosso in D major Op. 3 N: 6 (2:29)
23. III. Concerto grosso in D major Op. 3 N: 6 (1:56)
24. I. Concerto grosso in F major Op. 3 N: 4a (1:26)
25. II. Concerto grosso in F major Op. 3 N: 4a (3:25)
26. III. Concerto grosso in F major Op. 3 N: 4a (3:06)
27. IV. Concerto grosso in F major Op. 3 N: 4a (1:29)

The Artists:
New Leipzig Bach Collegium
Max Pommer: Conductor

Stereo, mp3, 320 kbps, DDD, 66:38 minutes. Covers & info included.

Part1 —–   Part2

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