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Handel: Complete Orchestral Recordings / Pinnock


Release Date: 10/22/2013 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 001923802   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christian RutherfordAnthony HalsteadSimon StandageDavid Reichenberg,   ... 
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Number of Discs: 11 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

You can purchase this 11-disc set of all of Trevor Pinnock’s Handel orchestral recordings for around 20 bucks less than Archiv’s previous, 6-disc collection, which puzzlingly remains available. Go figure. The performances are well known and always have been respected for their vivacity, precision, and idiomatic feeling for the Handelian style–a characteristic swagger that’s hard to define but easy to hear. Performances either have it or they don’t, and these certainly have it.

This is nowhere more evident than in the two performances of the Fireworks Music, both in its original wind band version and the later retread using strings. Side-by-side comparison reveals the surprising fact that Handel’s original massed winds
Read more actually sound mellower than the combination of winds and strings, an acoustic phenomenon that may have something to do with the natural vibrato produced by inherent disparities in intonation between the choirs of instruments. Speaking of natural vibrato, these performances of the concerti grossi Opp. 3 and 6 remain very fine and have held up quite well over time. The ensemble happily offers little evidence of that unpleasant, period-instrument scratchiness in the string sonority. In slow movements especially, the playing seldom turns anemic, and it’s only on some of those “squeezed” sustained notes that you become conscious of the musicians flaunting their “authentic” credentials.

Aside from these excellent versions of the concertos, Fireworks Music, and Water Music, the real treat (for me at least) comes with these delightful performances of the complete organ concertos. Not only do they contain some of Handel’s best tunes, but Pinnock uses the alternative harp concerto version of Op. 4 No. 6, in which form the music becomes one of the sexiest, most sensually appealing works in the entire baroque literature. In short, this is a terrific box and a great way for anyone to either supplement or begin a serious collection of Handel’s non-vocal music.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Water Music, HWV 348-350 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715/1736; London, England 
2. Concerto a due cori no 2 in F major, HWV 333 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1746-1747; London, England 
3. Concerto a due cori no 3 in F major, HWV 334 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1746-1747; London, England 
4. Concerti grossi (6), Op. 3/HWV 312-317 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
5. Concerto grosso in C major, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
6. Concerti Grossi (12), Op. 6, HWV 319-330 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739 
7. Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
8. Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
9. Water Music Suite no 3 in G major, HWV 350 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
10. Samson, HWV 57: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Christian Rutherford (French Horn), Anthony Halstead (French Horn)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1743; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1985 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
11. Teseo, HWV 9: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1712; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  St John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12. Agrippina, HWV 6: Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Reichenberg (Oboe), Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  St John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
13. Alceste, HWV 45: Grand entrée by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Michael Laird (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749-1750; England 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  St John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
14. Il pastor fido, HWV 8a: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  David Reichenberg (Oboe), Alastair Mitchell (Bassoon), Nigel North (Theorbo),
Amanda Macnamara (Double Bass), Simon Standage (Violin)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1734; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/1985 
Venue:  St John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 24 Minutes 0 Secs. 
15. Saul, HWV 53: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 11/1986 
Venue:  St John's Church, Smith Square, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16. Saul, HWV 53: Sinfonia no 3 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Trevor Pinnock (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; London, England 
Venue:  St John's Church, Smith Square, London 
17. Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
18. Sonata à cinque for Violin and Strings in B flat major, HWV 288 by George Frideric Handel
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1706-1707; Italy 
19. Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749; London, England 
20. Concerto in F major, HWV 331 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; London, England 
21. Concerto grosso in D major, HWV 335a by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1746; London, England 
22. Occasional Suite in D major by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
23. Trio Sonatas (7) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 4 in G major, HWV 399 - Passacaille by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1737-1738; London, England 
24. Trio Sonatas (7) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 4 in G major, HWV 399 - Gigue by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1737-1738; London, England 
25. Trio Sonatas (7) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 4 in G major, HWV 399 - Menuet by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1737-1738; London, England 
26. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 1 in G minor, HWV 289 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1982 
Venue:  Finchcocks Museum, Kent, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 3 Secs. 
27. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 7/HWV 306-311 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1740-1751; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  St. John the Baptist Church, Armitage 
Length: 82 Minutes 59 Secs. 
28. Concerto for Organ in F major, HWV 295 "Cuckoo and the Nightingale" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  St. John the Baptist Church, Armitage 
Length: 13 Minutes 6 Secs. 
29. Concerto for Organ in A major, HWV 296 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1982 
Venue:  Finchcocks Museum, Kent, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 40 Secs. 
30. Concerto for Organ in D minor, HWV 304 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1746; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Venue:  St. John the Baptist Church, Armitage 
Length: 11 Minutes 54 Secs. 
31. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 2 in B flat major, HWV 290 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1982 
Venue:  Finchcocks Museum, Kent, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 59 Secs. 
32. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 3 in G minor, HWV 291 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1982 
Venue:  Finchcocks Museum, Kent, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 49 Secs. 
33. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 4 in F major, HWV 292 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1982 
Venue:  Finchcocks Museum, Kent, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 33 Secs. 
34. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 5 in F major, HWV 293 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1982 
Venue:  Finchcocks Museum, Kent, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 34 Secs. 
35. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4/HWV 289-294 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735-1736; London, England 
36. Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ursula Holliger (Harp)
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 

Sound Samples

Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 1. Ouverture (Grave - Allegro)
Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 2. Adagio e staccato
Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348: 3. Allegro - Andante - Allegro
Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 4. (Menuet)
Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 5. Air
Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 6. Menuet
Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348: 7. Bourrée
Water Music Suite No.1 In F, HWV 348: 8. Hornpipe
Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348: 9. (Andante)
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 1. Allegro
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 2. Alla Hornpipe
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 3. (Menuet)
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 4. Rigaudon
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 5. Lentement
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 6. Bourrée
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 7. Menuet
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 8. (Andante)
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 9. (Country Dance I/II)
Water Music, Suites II & III In D/G (HWV 349/350): 10. Menuet
Music For The Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351: 1. Ouverture
Music For The Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351: 2. Bourrée
Music For The Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351: 3. La paix
Music For The Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351: 4. La réjouissance
Music For The Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351: 5. Menuet I
Music For The Royal Fireworks: Suite HWV 351: 6. Menuet II
Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333: 1. Pomposo
Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333: 2. Allegro
Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333: 3. A tempo giusto
Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333: 4. Largo
Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333: 5. Allegro ma non troppo - Adagio
Concerto a due cori No.2, HWV 333: 6. A tempo ordinario
Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334: 1. Ouverture
Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334: 2a. Allegro
Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334: 2b. Allegro ma non troppo
Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334: 3. Adagio
Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334: 4. Andante larghetto
Concerto a due cori No.3, HWV 334: 5. Allegro
Oboe Concerto No.1 In B flat, HWV 301: 1. Adagio
Oboe Concerto No.1 In B Flat, HWV 301: 2. Allegro
Oboe Concerto No.1 In B Flat, HWV 301: 3. Siciliana. Largo
Oboe Concerto No.1 In B Flat, HWV 301: 4. Vivace
Oboe Concerto No.2 In B Flat, HWV 302a: 1. Vivace
Oboe Concerto No.2 In B Flat, HWV 302a: 2. Fuga (Allegro)
Oboe Concerto No.2 In B Flat, HWV 302a: 3. Andante
Oboe Concerto No.2 In B Flat, HWV 302a: 4. Allegro
Oboe Concerto No.3 In G Minor, HWV 287: 1. Grave
Oboe Concerto No.3 In G Minor, HWV 287: 2. Allegro
Oboe Concerto No.3 In G Minor, HWV 287: 3. Sarabande (Largo)
Oboe Concerto No.3 In G Minor, HWV 287: 4. Allegro

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