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Handel: Concerti grossi, Op. 3

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

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Concerto grosso in B-Flat Major, Op. 3 No. 1, HWV 312  
1.1
I. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
2:25
1.2
II. Largo
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
3:53
1.3
III. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
1:21
Concerto grosso in B-Flat Major, Op. 3 No. 2, HWV 313  
1.4
I. Vivace
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
1:37
1.5
II. Largo
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
2:34
1.6
III. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
1:47
1.7
IV. Menuet
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
1:18
1.8
V. Gavotte
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
2:46
Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 3 No. 3, HWV 314  
1.9
Ia. Largo e staccato
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
0:36
1.10
Ib. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
2:30
1.11
II. Adagio
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
1:04
1.12
III. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
3:48
Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 3 No. 4b, HWV 315 "Orchestra"  
1.13
I. Andante - Allegro - Lentement
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
5:57
1.14
II. Andante
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
2:08
1.15
III. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
1:26
1.16
IV. Minuetto alternativo
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
2:29
Concerto grosso in D Minor, Op. 3 No. 5, HWV 316  
1.17
I. Grave
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
1:27
1.18
II. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
2:19
1.19
III. Adagio
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
1:40
1.20
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
1:30
1.21
V. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
2:33
Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 3 No. 6, HWV 317  
1.22
I. Vivace
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
3:14
1.23
II. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
3:16
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    53:38
The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin complete their Handel trilogy with this recording of the Op. 3 concerti grossi. Even if this selection of concertos was most likely compiled by Handel’s publisher rather than by the composer himself, the overall quality and colourful nature of the music contained do make it a powerful “opus”. With their historically-informed and lively playing, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and concertmaster Georg Kallweit demonstrate why many consider them the best baroque ensemble of today.

The ensemble’s first PENTATONE album, Cantata (2018) with countertenor Bejun Mehta, won a Diapason d’or. Their 2019 recording of the first six Op. 6 concerti grossi was hailed as “immaculately played … free of fashionable eccentricities” by The Sunday Times, while Klassik praised the ensemble’s playing as “eloquent”. Their following release with the remainder of the Op. 6 concertos (2020) was singled out by Music Web International for its unprecedented “lightness” and “brightness”.
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