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Handel: Organ Concertos, Vol 1 / Hurford, Rifkin


Release Date: 06/04/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 414604   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Hurford
Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vigorous and sunny performances, as fresh as a new-laid egg.

In a bright church acoustic (Bethlehemkerk, Papendrecht, Holland) this set has an instant appeal. Hurford's playing is regular and vigorous, matching the full-blooded pounce of Rifkin's direction, all as fresh as a new-laid egg. Nor is there any trace of inhibition over matters of period etiquette. Though Hurford's figured bass realization and his ornamentation are impeccably correct, he plays his slow movements lovingly and his fast ones drive fearlessly forward. The strings blossom at every opportunity, their accompaniments in slow music making a warm embrace, their solos (e.g. at the start of Op. 4 No. 3) pushful and romantic. There is sometimes a little
Read more informality int the greeting between soloist and ensemble at the final cadence. It would be a tough old ear, though, which failed to respond to the sunshine of these Hurford/Rifkin performances.

-- Gramophone [11/1986]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 1 in G minor, HWV 289 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
2. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 2 in B flat major, HWV 290 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
3. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 3 in G minor, HWV 291 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
4. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 4 in F major, HWV 292 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
5. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 5 in F major, HWV 293 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
6. Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4: no 6 in B flat major, HWV 294 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
7. Concerto for Organ in F major, HWV 295 "Cuckoo and the Nightingale" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
8. Concerto for Organ in A major, HWV 296 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 

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