Notes & Reviews:
Despite suffering a series of operatic disasters and a severe stroke, Handel managed to compose all twelve of the Op.6 concertos in October 1739. These compositions, along with those that Bach wrote for the Margrave of Brandenburg, are justly renowned as the twin peaks of the Baroque concerto; for their elegance, variety, poetry and exuberance.
"The devotion of I Musici to the baroque has until quite recently been centred more on the music than on the stylistic fidelity of its presentation, but most of the romantic ghosts of their past have effectively exorcised. Whatever I Musici may have discarded it is not the sumptuousness of their sound (though the good recording ensures that it rarely muddies the textures)."-Gramophone
American Record Guide
The performances are alert, spirited, and polished. The string playing drips with shimmering 20th Century vibrato, of course. And the 12 concertos are treated as very lovely abstract music originating in a vacuum. There is little of the stylistic insight that modern-instrument conductors or leaders such as Iona Brown, Raymond Leppard, and Neville Marriner have brought to them. Fine points of 18th Century rhythm are overlooked, and movements of dance origin particularly lack the appropriate springiness.
Recording information: 08/1987-08/1989.
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Works DetailsHandel, George Frideric : Concerti Grossi (12), Op. 6, HWV 319-330
- Ensemble: I Musici
- Running Time: 159 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1739