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Handel: Concerti Grossi, Ouvertures / B'rock

Handel / B'rock
Release Date: 02/09/2010 
Label:  Etcetera Records   Catalog #: 1383   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Lidewij Van Der Voort
Orchestra/Ensemble:  B'Rock
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

HANDEL Concerti grossi: in F, op. 3/4, HWV 315; in G, op. 6/1, HWV 319. Overtures: Flavio; Lotario; Il pastor fido (1712) B’Rock (period instruments) ET’CETERA KTC 1383 (55:36)

B’Rock is a period instrument group centered in Ghent. It works with guest conductors such as Richard Read more Egarr but has no permanent conductor. These performances are led by its concertmaster, Lidewij Van der Voort.

The program for this disc consists of two of the most popular of Handel’s concerti grossi and three lesser-known opera overtures. The overture to Il pastor fido is that used at the premiere in 1712. Handel revived the opera twice in 1734 in greatly changed versions, including differences in the overture. In the original version presented here, the usual French-style overture in three movements (slow-fast-slow) is followed by five dance movements. The overture to Rodrigo had a similar form; both probably existed as independent orchestral suites before being pressed into service as opera overtures.

From its name, one might expect B’Rock to take a somewhat outrageous approach to Baroque performance practice. Nothing could be more untrue. Its work is firmly within the standard of performance practice today, with lively tempos, precise playing, and colorful sonorities.

All of these works are available elsewhere in multiple performances. Aside from complete recordings of the operas, the overtures can be found in programs of opera overtures. There is no recording of the 1712 version of Il pastor fido (although one is reportedly in the works), but its overture is available from Trevor Pinnock on a budget Archiv CD with his excellent Water Music . The op. 3 and op. 6 concerti grossi have, of course, been recorded numerous times in complete and excerpted programs.

My only complaint is that there is plenty of room on this disc for more music. If this program appeals to you, or you are looking to add any of these works to your collection, you will find this disc a worthwhile purchase.

FANFARE: Ron Salemi
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerti grossi (6), Op. 3: no 4b in F major, HWV 315 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Lidewij Van Der Voort
Orchestra/Ensemble:  B'Rock
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Library Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent 
Length: 13 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Flavio, Rè di Longobardi, HWV 16: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Lidewij Van Der Voort
Orchestra/Ensemble:  B'Rock
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Library Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Flavio, Rè di Longobardi, HWV 16: Allegro by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  B'Rock
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Library Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Lotario, HWV 26: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Lidewij Van Der Voort
Orchestra/Ensemble:  B'Rock
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Library Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5.
Lotario, HWV 26: Gavotta by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Lidewij Van Der Voort
Orchestra/Ensemble:  B'Rock
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Library Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 1 in G major, HWV 319 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  B'Rock
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Library Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent 
Length: 10 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Il pastor fido, HWV 8a: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Lidewij Van Der Voort
Orchestra/Ensemble:  B'Rock
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1734; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Library Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
8.
Il pastor fido, HWV 8a: Largo by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Lidewij Van Der Voort
Orchestra/Ensemble:  B'Rock
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Library Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
9.
Il pastor fido, HWV 8a: Allegro by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Lidewij Van Der Voort
Orchestra/Ensemble:  B'Rock
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712/1734; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/2007 
Venue:  Library Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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