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Handel: Organ Concertos, Op.4

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/3, HWV 291
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/2, HWV 290
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/1, HWV 289
>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294 (originally for harp)
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Telegraph
Dantone's deft improvisation and ornamentation recapture Handel's own practice when playing these pieces, adding a further touch of freshness to performances that already bristle with vitality.

Gramophone Magazine
... Handel's organ concertos... benefit from strong gestures and an overall brightness of approach that reaches out to the listener. Ottavio Dantone and Accademia Bizantina achieved these with ease, first of all by using a six-stop chamber organ with more bite and colour to it...and secondly by making sure that details of rhetoric, contrast and articulation are always sharply etched. ...these are certainly distinguished performances in their own right, rich with intelligence and flair.

BBC Music Magazine
Saving a conspicuously spirited account of the F major No. 4 until last, Dantone... embodies the 'uncommon brilliancy and command of fingers' laid at Handel's door by Mainwaring. ... recorded in the Halle church which witnessed many a Handel family wedding, Dantone and his band tie the concerto knot with dashing immediacy.



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/3, HWV 291
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina
  • Running Time: 12 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/2, HWV 290
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/1, HWV 289
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina
  • Running Time: 16 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1735-1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294 (originally for harp)
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina
  • Running Time: 11 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
  • Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
  • Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina
  • Running Time: 13 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735