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Mr. Handel: 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6

Arte dei Suonatori, Martin Gester

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Concerto grosso G Dur, Op. 6 Nr. 1, HWV 319  
1
I. A tempo giusto
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:33
2
II. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:45
3
III. Adagio
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:28
4
IV. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:29
5
V. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:56
Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 6, No. 2, HWV 320  
6
I. Andante larghetto
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
4:17
7
II. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:20
8
III. Largo
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:45
9
IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:25
Concerto Grosso in E Minor, Op. 6, No. 3, HWV 321  
10
I. Larghetto
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:14
11
II. Andante
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:56
12
III. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:26
13
IV. Polonaise: Andante
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
4:30
14
V. Allegro, ma non troppo
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:24
Concerto Grosso in A Minor, Op. 6 No. 4, HWV 322:  
15
I. Larghetto affettuoso
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:58
16
II. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:14
17
III. Largo e piano
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:28
18
IV. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:46
Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 5, HWV 323*  
19
I. Larghetto e staccato
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:34
20
II. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:09
21
III. Presto
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:24
22
IV. Largo
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:18
23
V. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:30
24
VI. Menuet: Un poco larghetto
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:52
Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 6, HWV 324  
1
I. Largo e affettuoso
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:18
2
II. Allegro, ma non troppo
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:43
3
III. Musette: Larghetto
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
5:07
4
IV. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:03
5
V. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:04
Concerto Grosso in B Flat Major, Op. 6, No. 7, HWV 325  
6
I. Largo
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:04
7
II. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:50
8
III. Largo, e piano
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:41
9
IV. Andante
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:41
10
V. Hornpipe
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:04
Concerto Grosso in C Minor, Op. 6, No. 8, HWV 326  
11
I. Allemande: Andante
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
6:26
12
II. Grave
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:47
13
III. Andante allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:46
14
IV. Adagio
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:09
15
V. Siciliana: Andante
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:54
16
VI. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:03
Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 6, No. 9, HWV 327  
17
I. Largo
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:32
18
II. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:39
19
III. Larghetto
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:24
20
IV. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:55
21
V. Menuet
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:16
22
VI. Gigue
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:48
Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 6, No. 10, HWV 328  
23
I. Overture - Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:45
24
II. Air: Lento
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:25
25
III. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:14
26
IV. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:43
27
VI. Allegro moderato
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:34
Concerto Grosso in A Major, Op. 6, No. 11, HWV 329  
1
I. Andante larghetto, e staccato
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:57
2
II. Allegro - Largo e staccato
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
2:25
3
III. Andante
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
4:16
4
IV. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
5:48
Concerto grosso h Moll, Op. 6 Nr. 12, HWV 330  
5
I. Largo
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:50
6
II. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:10
7
III. Larghetto, e piano - Variatio
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
3:53
8
IV. Largo
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
0:46
9
V. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Arte dei Suonatori; Martin Gester
1:55
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    2:38:36
Although it was in the field of opera that Handel had first made his mark when arriving in London in the early 18th Century, the high costs of producing operas made it an uncertain one. By the 1730s Handel therefore began to explore other possibilities. It is in this context that the Concerti grossi Op. 6 may be seen. Composed during a few hectic weeks in the autumn of 1739, the set was partly intended by Handel – renowned mainly as a writer for singers and as an organist – to reinforce his stature as an instrumental composer. It would seem to have been a success: even before publication, Twelve Grand Concerto’s compos’d by Mr. Handel – as they were advertised in the press – had been sold in 122 copies to 100 subscribers, including Handel’s royal pupils, the princesses Anne, Amelia, Caroline, Mary and Louisa, as well as their brother, the Duke of Cumberland.

In choosing to publish the concerti in a set of twelve, and adopting the set-up of a concertino group of two violins and one cello, contrasting with the tutti ensemble, Handel followed the tradition established by Arcangelo Corelli, whose hugely influential set of Concerti grossi Op. 6 had been published in 1714. What Handel added to the Corellian concerto was a distinctly dramatic quality – not surprisingly for the great operatic composer – as well as elements of the French-German suite tradition – in keeping with his own origins. The result is music that exhibits a great variety of musical thought and invention, here interpreted by the highly acclaimed Polish ensemble Arte dei Suonatori making their third recording for BIS. The recordings are the fruit of a regular collaboration between the ensemble and French conductor Martin Gester, focussing on the baroque concerto.
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