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Handel Concerti Grossi Opus 6

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Handel Concerti Grossi Opus 6

...Handel's complete Opus 6
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Opus 6 No. 1 in G Major (HWV 319) - I. A tempo giusto

Opus 6 No. 1 in G Major (HWV 319) - I. A tempo giusto

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
01:35 Play $1.70
2
Opus 6 No. 1 in G Major (HWV 319) - II. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 1 in G Major (HWV 319) - II. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
01:44 Play $1.70
3
Opus 6 No. 1 in G Major (HWV 319) - III. Adagio

Opus 6 No. 1 in G Major (HWV 319) - III. Adagio

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:34 Play $1.70
4
Opus 6 No. 1 in G Major (HWV 319) - IV. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 1 in G Major (HWV 319) - IV. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:35 Play $1.70
5
Opus 6 No. 1 in G Major (HWV 319) - V. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 1 in G Major (HWV 319) - V. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:44 Play $1.70
6
Opus 6 No. 2 in F Major (HWV 320) - I. Andante larghetto

Opus 6 No. 2 in F Major (HWV 320) - I. Andante larghetto

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
04:10 Play $1.70
7
Opus 6 No. 2 in F Major (HWV 320) - II. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 2 in F Major (HWV 320) - II. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:19 Play $1.70
8
Opus 6 No. 2 in F Major (HWV 320) - III. Largo

Opus 6 No. 2 in F Major (HWV 320) - III. Largo

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:08 Play $1.70
9
Opus 6 No. 2 in F Major (HWV 320) - IV. Allegro, ma non troppo

Opus 6 No. 2 in F Major (HWV 320) - IV. Allegro, ma non troppo

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:15 Play $1.70
10
Opus 6 No. 3 in E minor (HWV 321) - I. Larghetto affettuoso

Opus 6 No. 3 in E minor (HWV 321) - I. Larghetto affettuoso

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:05 Play $1.70
11
Opus 6 No. 3 in E minor (HWV 321) - II. Andante

Opus 6 No. 3 in E minor (HWV 321) - II. Andante

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:29 Play $1.70
12
Opus 6 No. 3 in E minor (HWV 321) - III. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 3 in E minor (HWV 321) - III. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:26 Play $1.70
13
Opus 6 No. 3 in E minor (HWV 321) - IV. Polonaise: Andante

Opus 6 No. 3 in E minor (HWV 321) - IV. Polonaise: Andante

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
04:59 Play $1.70
14
Opus 6 No. 3 in E minor (HWV 321) - V. Allegro, ma non troppo

Opus 6 No. 3 in E minor (HWV 321) - V. Allegro, ma non troppo

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:12 Play $1.70
15
Opus 6 No. 4 in A minor (HWV 322) - I. Larghetto affettuoso

Opus 6 No. 4 in A minor (HWV 322) - I. Larghetto affettuoso

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:43 Play $1.70
16
Opus 6 No. 4 in A minor (HWV 322) - II. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 4 in A minor (HWV 322) - II. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:58 Play $1.70
17
Opus 6 No. 4 in A minor (HWV 322) - III. Largo, e piano

Opus 6 No. 4 in A minor (HWV 322) - III. Largo, e piano

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:24 Play $1.70
18
Opus 6 No. 4 in A minor (HWV 322) - IV. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 4 in A minor (HWV 322) - IV. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:49 Play $1.70
19
Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - I. (no marking)

Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - I. (no marking)

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:33 Play $1.70
20
Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - II. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - II. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:14 Play $1.70
21
Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - III. Presto

Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - III. Presto

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
04:03 Play $1.70
22
Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - IV. Largo

Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - IV. Largo

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
02:08 Play $1.70
23
Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - V. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - V. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:12 Play $1.70
24
Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - VI. Menuet

Opus 6 No. 5 in D Major (HWV 323) - VI. Menuet

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
03:03 Play $1.70
25
Opus 6 No. 6 in G minor (HWV 324) - I. Larghetto e affettuoso

Opus 6 No. 6 in G minor (HWV 324) - I. Larghetto e affettuoso

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
03:19 Play $1.70
26
Opus 6 No. 6 in G minor (HWV 324) - II. Allegro, ma non troppo

Opus 6 No. 6 in G minor (HWV 324) - II. Allegro, ma non troppo

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:38 Play $1.70
27
Opus 6 No. 6 in G minor (HWV 324) - III. Musette: Larghetto

Opus 6 No. 6 in G minor (HWV 324) - III. Musette: Larghetto

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
05:02 Play $3.40
28
Opus 6 No. 6 in G minor (HWV 324) - IV. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 6 in G minor (HWV 324) - IV. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
03:03 Play $1.70
29
Opus 6 No. 6 in G minor (HWV 324) - V. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 6 in G minor (HWV 324) - V. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:19 Play $1.70
30
Opus 6 No. 7 in B-flat Major (HWV 325) - I. Largo

Opus 6 No. 7 in B-flat Major (HWV 325) - I. Largo

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
00:56 Play $1.70
31
Opus 6 No. 7 in B-flat Major (HWV 325) - II. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 7 in B-flat Major (HWV 325) - II. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:58 Play $1.70
32
Opus 6 No. 7 in B-flat Major (HWV 325) - III. Largo, e piano

Opus 6 No. 7 in B-flat Major (HWV 325) - III. Largo, e piano

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
03:08 Play $1.70
33
Opus 6 No. 7 in B-flat Major (HWV 325) - IV. Andante

Opus 6 No. 7 in B-flat Major (HWV 325) - IV. Andante

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
03:47 Play $1.70
34
Opus 6 No. 7 in B-flat Major (HWV 325) - V. Hornpipe

Opus 6 No. 7 in B-flat Major (HWV 325) - V. Hornpipe

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Besnosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
03:09 Play $1.70
35
Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - I. Allemande

Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - I. Allemande

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
06:34 Play $3.40
36
Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - II. Grave

Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - II. Grave

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:33 Play $1.70
37
Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - III. Andante allegro

Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - III. Andante allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:56 Play $1.70
38
Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - IV. Adagio

Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - IV. Adagio

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:03 Play $1.70
39
Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - V. Siciliana

Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - V. Siciliana

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
03:31 Play $1.70
40
Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - VI. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 8 in C minor (HWV 326) - VI. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:21 Play $1.70
41
Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - I. Largo

Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - I. Largo

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:31 Play $1.70
42
Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - II. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - II. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
03:53 Play $1.70
43
Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - III. Larghetto

Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - III. Larghetto

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
03:20 Play $1.70
44
Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - IV. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - IV. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:47 Play $1.70
45
Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - V. Menuet

Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - V. Menuet

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:20 Play $1.70
46
Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - VI. Gigue

Opus 6 No. 9 in F Major (HWV 327) - VI. Gigue

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:13 Play $1.70
47
Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - I. Ouverture

Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - I. Ouverture

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
01:29 Play $1.70
48
Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - II. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - II. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:13 Play $1.70
49
Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - III. Lento

Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - III. Lento

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk
Band The Avison Ensemble
02:58 Play $1.70
50
Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - IV. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - IV. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor

Pavlo Beznosiuk

Band The Avison Ensemble
02:13 Play $1.70
51
Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - V. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - V. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
02:45 Play $1.70
52
Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - VI. Allegro moderato

Opus 6 No. 10 in D minor (HWV 328) - VI. Allegro moderato

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
01:42 Play $1.70
53
Opus 6 No. 11 in A Major (HWV 329) - I. Andante larghetto, e staccato

Opus 6 No. 11 in A Major (HWV 329) - I. Andante larghetto, e staccato

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
04:12 Play $1.70
54
Opus 6 No. 11 in A Major (HWV 329) - II. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 11 in A Major (HWV 329) - II. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
01:44 Play $1.70
55
Opus 6 No. 11 in A Major (HWV 329) - III. Largo, e staccato

Opus 6 No. 11 in A Major (HWV 329) - III. Largo, e staccato

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
00:29 Play $1.70
56
Opus 6 No. 11 in A Major (HWV 329) - IV. Andante

Opus 6 No. 11 in A Major (HWV 329) - IV. Andante

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
04:27 Play $1.70
57
Opus 6 No. 11 in A Major (HWV 329) - V. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 11 in A Major (HWV 329) - V. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
05:08 Play $3.40
58
Opus 6 No. 12 in B minor (HWV 330) - I. Largo

Opus 6 No. 12 in B minor (HWV 330) - I. Largo

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
01:59 Play $1.70
59
Opus 6 No. 12 in A Major (HWV 329) - II. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 12 in A Major (HWV 329) - II. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
02:54 Play $1.70
60
Opus 6 No. 12 in B minor (HWV 330) - III. Larghetto, e piano

Opus 6 No. 12 in B minor (HWV 330) - III. Larghetto, e piano

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
03:21 Play $1.70
61
Opus 6 No. 12 in B minor (HWV 330) - IV. Largo

Opus 6 No. 12 in B minor (HWV 330) - IV. Largo

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
00:48 Play $1.70
62
Opus 6 No. 12 in B minor (HWV 330) - V. Allegro

Opus 6 No. 12 in B minor (HWV 330) - V. Allegro

Composer George Frideric Handel
Conductor Pavlo Beznosiuk

 

Band The Avison Ensemble
02:08 Play $1.70
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The Avison Ensemble, directed by Pavlo Beznosiuk, present George Frideric Handel's complete Opus 6 Concerti Grossi on a three disc set.  This work is widely regarded as the composer's greatest contribution to the Baroque period.  

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George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel

Handel was a German-British Baroque composer who is famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos.
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Pavlo Beznosiuk

Pavlo Beznosiuk

The Ukranian/Irish violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk has been described as an artist with 'star quality', a rare performer who is equally at home on instruments as diverse as modern, Classical, Baroque and Renaissance violins, viola and medieval fiddles, he has been praised for his versatility and virtuosity. 
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Richard Tunnicliffe

Richard Tunnicliffe

Cellist and viol-player Richard Tunnicliffe has enjoyed a long and varied career at the forefront of Britain's thriving period-instrument movement.
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The Avison Ensemble

The Avison Ensemble

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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Concerti Grossi Opus 6

Britain was a hive of musical activity at the start of the eighteenth century. The public concerts and subscription series, which had been established in the previous century, provided a means for a musician to make a comfortable living that was independent of the church and not subject to the whims of the aristocracy. This entrepreneurial attitude towards music production was radically different to the situation on the continent, where musicians were viewed as being little more than servants, and could do little without the expressed permission of their benefactors. As a result, those who worked in Britain were not only free to make a lucrative living from their endeavours, but were also able to climb up the social ladder and mingle with those from the upper classes.

In the latter part of the seventeenth century Purcell was the most important force in British music but, despite what others have said, native music did not entirely stagnate after his death. At the dawn of the eighteenth century there was a tremendous amount of music production occurring: some of the native musicians reflected on the glories of the past, while others adopted more continental styles. However at the same time there was a huge influx in the number of foreign musicians visiting England. Some came just for short visits, while others spent substantial parts of their lives creating music for a clientele that was eager to hear these new continental styles, and patronise their performance. The fashion for anything foreign, and particularly Italian, was so great that many of the domestic musicians were pushed into second place, a few even Italianising their names to take advantage of the trends at that time. Many of the foreign musicians who came to England found the environment, particularly in London, highly competitive, forcing them to either branch out into the provinces or return home. However, there were those who did make a substantial impact, with musicians such as Geminiani, Herschel, Giardini, Pepusch, J.C. Bach, and many others, making a name for themselves in Britain. However, one musician, who had also originated from continental Europe, had a far larger impact than any other musician working at that time and in the process became to be so closely associated with British music that his Germanic origins were largely forgotten. The musician in question was, of course, George Frideric Handel.

Besides his fame as a composer of oratorios, Handel was also an important composer of operas, spending a great deal of his early creative energy trying to establish Italian opera in London. Although he did enjoy some initial success with this genre, it slowly fell out of favour with the public; it was the success of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera in 1728 that sounded the death bell for sung dramatic works in Italian. Handel continued to persevere with opera but began to expand into other, more profitable, areas, the most important of these being the oratorio, which perpetuated his reputation long after his death in 1759. However, Handel was also an important composer of concertos, his examples for organ being particularly popular and highly influential and he was also a significant composer of string concertos.

The concerto grosso was something of a phenomenon in Britain during the eighteenth century, with many of the native composers writing such works for use at their own concerts. Its popularity stemmed from a set of twelve by the Italian violinist Arcangelo Corelli, which had been first published in Amsterdam in 1714. They quickly became a staple of concert life across Britain, and remained popular throughout the rest of the century. In 1789, seventy-five years after their first publication, Charles Burney wrote that the "concertos of Corelli seem to have withstood all the attacks of time and fashion with more firmness than any other of his works". Handel would have been acutely aware of the popularity of the Corelli with British audiences and opted to exploit their selling potential by issuing his own set. His publisher, John Walsh, would also have been aware of the profit in such works, having previously produced editions of Corelli's concertos, as well as those by Geminiani. The entire set of twelve was written in a burst of creative energy in September and October 1739, and, even before they were finished, a proposal to publish them by subscription had appeared in the London Daily Post. They were subsequently issued in April of the following year and were included in the 1739-40 winter concert series.

Before composing his ‘Grand Concertos', Handel had already produced numerous other examples of this genre, including his three for oboe that date from c.1703. There is also a set of six that were issued as his Op.3 in 1734 which have, unlike his later set, obligatory wind parts. They further differ in that they were assembled from several disparate sources, while the ‘Grand Concertos' were conceived, and published, as an integrated set, clearly in emulation of Corelli's famous Op.6. Handel notably paid homage to the great Italian violinist by giving his set the same opus number.

The ‘Grand Concertos' are scored for the same resources as the Corelli, consisting of a concertino of two violins and cello, supported by four-part ripieno strings and continuo. Each concerto has an individual form, and there is a considerable amount of diversity within the set although structurally Handel adopted the Corellian four-movement di chiesa paradigm of slow-quick-slow-quick. However, like Corelli he regularly added more movements to individual concertos, with three having six movements, while others have five.

A large number of the first movements are distinctly regal in nature, and several feature the dotted rhythms of the French ouverture. As in the ouverture, these are often followed by a dynamic and inventive fugue. A notable example of this style is Concerto No.10, which, with its arresting opening movement, shows a marked similarity with his operatic overtures. Most concertos contain dance movements, frequently several; a prominent example is Concerto No.8 which, with its succession of dances, bears a striking similarity to an orchestral suite. Other movements are distinctly trio sonata-like, for example, the Larghetto from Concerto No.7.

As was common practice at the time most musicians freely borrowed ideas from the works of other composers, and Handel was no exception. As part of his education in Halle, he had been encouraged to write music based on a theme by another composer, and he maintained this tradition for the remainder of his life. This is particularly evident in the amount of material that he borrowed from the important ‘Essercizi' (1739) of Domenico Scarlatti, as well as the ‘Componimenti Musicali' (1739) of Gottlieb Muffat. Handel also re-used music from his own works, the Ninth Concerto being, for the most part, a transcription of his Organ Concerto ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'. However, in these recycled movements he always made numerous alterations; a notable example in this concerto being the removal of the distinctive cuckoo effects of the original. The Eleventh Concerto in the Opus 6 set also exists as an organ concerto. Other sources of material include his opera Giulio Cesare, with the fourth movement of Concerto No.8 re-using material from the aria ‘Piangerò la forte mia'; also, the finale to Concerto No.4 borrows from the aria ‘E'si vaga' from Imeneo, which Handel was in the process of composing at the same time. Furthermore, he re-used material from the overture to this particular opera in the fourth and fifth movements of Concerto No.9. Other interesting features include the walking bass to the Largo of Concerto No.4, a feature of his oratorio writing, and the chromatic subject of the fugue in Concerto No.6. Many individual movements have a certain buoyancy about them, with their energetic melodic lines, some of which are rather operatic in nature, that effortlessly float above the accompanying parts. As such, these concertos are a patchwork quilt of ideas; despite the numerous influences, all of these differing elements are successfully integrated into one harmonious whole.

Handel, despite the unprecedented popularity of his oratorios, composed a plethora of other works, a great many of which are of an undeniably high quality. It is perhaps in the Grand Concertos that Handel most clearly focused his many faculties into a genre that was particularly popular with his adopted countrymen, and, in doing so, catered for their musical tastes in a spectacular way. They are highly innovative in their design, and are, without doubt, a pinnacle of concerto grosso composition. © Simon D. I. Fleming 2010

Recording information:

Recorded at Jubilee Theatre, St Nicholas' Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK from 27 to 31 October 2008
Produced and Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Post-production by Julia Thomas, Finesplice, UK
Design by John Haxby
Cover painting courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library: The Interior of the Rotunda, Ranelagh Gardens, c.1751 (oil on canvas) by Canaletto, (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (1697-1768) Private Collection/ Photo © Christie's Images

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The Strad
‘These are urbane performances, constantly engaging, fascinating in the minutiae of the playing, the sharing of prominence between parts, and in the conversational ebb and flow of counterpoint.’
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Positive Feedback Online
'There is definitely a place for Beznosiuk's Handel among the favorites'.
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Audiophilia.com
'...achingly beautiful and pulsating with energy and life. The precision of their ensemble playing is breathtaking, their interpretations almost impossibly stylish.'
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Gramophone
"...authoritative and nuanced."
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Classique Info
Classique Info Ring Award: "...ces trois disques pleins d'élégance, de rythme, de vie constituent tout simplement une nouvelle et incontestable référence pour ces œuvres. Pas moins."
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Listen: Life With Classical Music
'...the ensemble playing is simply electrifying, crackling and sparkling...'
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Scotland on Sunday
5 Stars
"Great music, beautifully packaged and skilfully played..."
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The Strad
'These are urbane performances, constantly engaging, fascinating in the minutiae of the playing, the sharing of prominence between parts, and in the conversational ebb and flow of counterpoint.'
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Classical Music Magazine
5 Stars
"A satisfying set, pleasingly recorded."
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Klassik.com
'...Stilbewusstsein, Klangsinn und ein sicheres Gespür für die kompositorischen Strukturen.'
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International Record Review
"Where the Avison Ensemble really triumphs...is in conveying a sense of occasion and musical opulence...Magnificent!"
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Opus d'Or
Opus d'Or Award: Here is a landmark SACD, sumptuously recorded, that one should not hesitate to acquire.
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Opus d'Or
Opus d'Or Award: Un triple SACD de référence dans une prise de son somptueuse à acquérir sans tarder.
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Musikzen
"...exécution impeccable, justesse sans défaut..."
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The Herald
"...bursting with vigour, wit, style, refinement and some juicily characterful playing..."
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The Sunday Times
"The Avison's accounts under Pavlo Beznosiuk have a natural, easy virtuosity that will endear them to purists..."
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BBC Online
"...the Avisons achieve what every composer hopes for their music, namely the ability to move the listener's spirit. Bravo."
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
Orchestral Choice: "I shall certainly return frequently to this splendid set."
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Financial Times
4 Stars
"...the Avison Ensemble proves itself a flexible, high-spirited group..."
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Early Music Review
"...First rate..."
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North London News
"Exceptionally spirited performances...Warmly recommended."
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"I like everything I hear about this marvelous Handel release."
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The Irish Times
"...bright and breezy al fresco energy..."
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ClassicsToday.com
5 Stars
"...beautifully realized by the stunningly realistic, resoundingly vibrant sound engineering...Essential!"
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The Independent on Sunday
A vivacious, highly detailed set.
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
...right up there with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti as one of the greatest examples of instrumental works of the High Baroque.
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MusicWeb International
Download of the Month: "...this could well become my benchmark in future for this wonderful music..."
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16 March 2014 to 16 March 2014
England
King’s Hall, Armstrong Building Newcastle University NE1 7RU, England, United Kingdom
In Celebration: Young People's concert 2014 Our annual celebration of young talent in the North East