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Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 / I Musici

Handel / I Musici
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802030   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These sunny, winsome performances are lovely. There’s nothing particularly British about this music by a German composer, written in homage to Corelli, for all that British ensembles understandably have claimed them for their own (who wouldn’t?). It’s more than a little bit sad that ensembles like I Musici are often derided as antiquated in their approach, simply for using modern instruments. The fact is that in all ways that really matter musically—in terms of rhythm, ensemble, tempo, intonation, phrasing, and overall musicianship—these performances vie with the best, and put plenty of “authentic” versions to shame. More to the point, they always fall gratefully on the ear, and deserve their status as mainstays of the Baroque catalog. Buy Read more with confidence.

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

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

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 "Buy with Confidence" January 30, 2013 By L. Wilborn (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "Buy with confidence: I refer to the review of David Hurwitz about this triplet CD. I'm very pleased with this recording, and don't object to modern instruments. Enjoyable. I recommend without reservations." Report Abuse
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