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Handel: Concerti Grossi Op 6 / Avison Ensemble

Handel / Avison Ensemble
Release Date: 06/01/2010 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 362  
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Handel's unrivaled masterpieces of the concerto grosso form and style--his Twelve Grand Concertos, in seven parts, for four violins, a tenor, a violoncello, with a thorough-bass for the harpsichord--here receive their finest recording to date, with performances that leave all others--both period- and modern-instrument versions--in their wake. For obvious reasons these 12 concertos have remained popular since their publication in 1740: the irresistibly congenial tunes and engaging rhythms, the free-spirited fugues, endearing Largos and Adagios, and overall vivacious writing for all instruments elicits correspondingly high-spirited responses from anyone within earshot of these unrelentingly
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Pavlo Beznosiuk and his Avison Ensemble have left not a single Handelian note unaccounted for nor a delightful phrase unturned, and the ensemble playing is simply electrifying, crackling and sparking with the kind of head-on accents and lilting rhythmic lift that this music requires but rarely enjoys. You don't have to already know this music to appreciate (my favorite) Concerto No. 4 in A minor HWV 322, with its scintillating allegros, or the thrillingly accented opening dialog of Concerto No. 5 HWV 323, or the many beautifully drawn slow-movement melodies and catchy, clever dance movements.

We can cite individual players for their impressive effort, but when virtually everyone is performing at such a high level it doesn't seem appropriate--this is definitely a triumph of ensemble performance, where everyone is a master of the medium and the material, all of which is beautifully realized by the stunningly realistic, resoundingly vibrant sound engineering. By now you've got the picture: Essential!

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
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Works on This Recording

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Concerti Grossi (12), Op. 6, HWV 319-330 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Pavlo Beznosiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avison Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739 

Sound Samples

Concerto Grosso in G major, Op. 6, No. 1, HWV 319: I. A tempo giusto
Concerto Grosso in G major, Op. 6, No. 1, HWV 319: II. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in G major, Op. 6, No. 1, HWV 319: III. Adagio
Concerto Grosso in G major, Op. 6, No. 1, HWV 319: IV. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in G major, Op. 6, No. 1, HWV 319: V. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 2, HWV 320: I. Andante larghetto
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 2, HWV 320: II. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 2, HWV 320: III. Largo - Larghetto andante e piano
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 2, HWV 320: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op. 6, No. 3, HWV 321: I. Larghetto
Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op. 6, No. 3, HWV 321: II. Andante
Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op. 6, No. 3, HWV 321: III. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op. 6, No. 3, HWV 321: IV. Polonaise: Andante
Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op. 6, No. 3, HWV 321: V. Allegro, ma non troppo
Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4, HWV 322: I. Larghetto affettuoso
Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4, HWV 322: II. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4, HWV 322: III. Largo e piano
Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op. 6, No. 4, HWV 322: IV. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 5, HWV 323: I. [Larghetto e staccato]
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 5, HWV 323: II. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 5, HWV 323: III. Presto
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 5, HWV 323: IV. Largo
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 5, HWV 323: V. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 5, HWV 323: VI. Menuet: Un poco larghetto
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6, HWV 324: I. Largo e affettuoso
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6, HWV 324: II. Allegro, ma non troppo
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6, HWV 324: III. Musette: Larghetto
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6, HWV 324: IV. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6, HWV 324: V. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 6, No. 7, HWV 325: I. Largo
Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 6, No. 7, HWV 325: II. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 6, No. 7, HWV 325: III. Largo, e piano
Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 6, No. 7, HWV 325: IV. Andante
Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 6, No. 7, HWV 325: V. Hornpipe
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No. 8, HWV 326: I. Allemande
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No. 8, HWV 326: II. Grave
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No. 8, HWV 326: III. Andante allegro
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No. 8, HWV 326: IV. Adagio
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No. 8, HWV 326: V. Siciliana: Andante
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No. 8, HWV 326: VI. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 9, HWV 327: I. Largo
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 9, HWV 327: II. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 9, HWV 327: III. Larghetto
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 9, HWV 327: IV. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 9, HWV 327: V. Menuet
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 9, HWV 327: VI. Gigue

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