The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin kickstarts their Handel trilogy with this recording of the first six concerti grossi op. 6. Originally designed as attractive interludes to English oratorio performances, Handel’s concerti grossi soon gained fame as the most appealing orchestral music of the baroque era. Written in London in 1739, towards the end of his career, Handel paid tribute to the immensely popular concerti grossi of Corelli while simultaneously proving his mastery incorporating all musical styles of his times. Led by their concertmaster Bernhard Forck, the players of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin demonstrate why many consider them the best baroque ensemble of today. This first installment will be followed by the last six concerti grossi op. 6, as well as a recording of the concerti grossi op. 3. The ensemble’s first PENTATONE album, Cantata (2018) with countertenor Bejun Mehta, won a Diapason d’or.
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Handel Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 6, No.1 (HWV 319) 1 I. A tempo giusto 2 II. Allegro 3 III. Adagio 4 IV. Allegro 5 V. Allegro
Handel Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 6, No. 2 (HWV 320) 6 I. Andante larghetto 7 II. Allegro 8 III. Largo 9 IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
Handel Concerto grosso in E Minor, Op. 6, No. 3 (HWV 321) 10 I. Larghetto 11 II. Andante 12 III. Allegro 13 IV. Polonaise. Andante 14 V. Allegro, ma non troppo
Handel Concerto grosso in A Minor, Op. 6, No. 4 (HWV 322) 15 I. Larghetto affettuoso 16 II. Allegro 17 III. Largo e piano 18 IV. Allegro
Handel Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 5 (HWV 323) 19 I. Larghetto e staccato 20 II. Allegro 21 III. Presto 22 IV. Largo 23 V. Allegro 24 VI. Menuet. Un poco larghetto
Handel Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 6 (HWV 324) 25 I. Largo affettuoso 26 II. A tempo giusto 27 III. Musette. Larghetto 28 IV. Allegro 29 V. Allegro