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Cat. No. CHAN 0616 Price: £10.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 0616 - Handel: Concerti Grossi Op. 6
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Handel: Concerti Grossi Op. 6

Collegium Musicum 90 is regarded as one of the finest period ensembles today and their many recordings on Chandos are much admired.

Handel’s Opus 6 Concerti grossi represent a high point in baroque orchestal music and are deservedly popular. The combination of vigorous writing, dance movements, imaginative harmonic and melodic invention, and beautiful slow movements, makes for endlessly enjoyable listening.

The greater part of Handel’s Concerti grossi is contained in two sets: Opus 3 (1734) and Opus 6 (1739). The Opus 6 Concerti were composed in a single burst of creative energy, and published in 1740 under the title of ’Twelve Grand Concertos’. It is most probable that Handel’s publisher, John Walsh, provided the stimulus for writing these concertos; perhaps both he and handel had in mind another faous set of Opus 6 Concertos - those of Arcangelo Corelli - which were published in 1714 and still revered for their elegance and purity of style. Handel’s concertos are rich in harmonic and melodic invention, and he employs a wide variety of forms. Many frin the slow movements the crowning glory of these concertos, although the vigorous writing of the fast movements is no less remarkable. In short, these concertos represent a high point in baroque orchestral music where Handel managed to encapsulate all that was best in the Baroque concerto.

Reviews

"In Fanfare 21:2  I waxed lyrical about the first volume in Chandos’s traversal of Handel’s great Opus 6. Volume 2 I find ever more delightful. The playing of Collegium Musicum 90under Simon Standage’s leadership is as crisp and musical as ever..."
Bernard Jacobson - Fanfare - November/December 1998

Performance ***        Sound *****
Simon Tresize - Classic CD - September 1998

"...A thoroughly enjoyable disc, cleanly recorded..."
LS - Gramophone - August 1998

"... this completion  of the set of Handel’s Op 6 Concerti Grossi is a model of how to bring these works alive miraculously alive. Fast movements are never just that, but are articulated with care and precision; slow movements are phrased with expressive variety; while dance movements have exactly the graceful momentum they need ..."
Barry Millington - The Times - 9 July 1998

"... this is a most enjoyable set of performances."
Coronach & Musick Fyne - June 1998

…qualities of vitality, clean-cut articulation, crisp rhythm and effective but natural sounding tonal contrasts are in evidence…
Gramophone

 

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