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Händel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 / Concerto Copenhagen - Mortensen

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>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (6), Op. 3
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 3 no 2
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.3/3, HWV 314
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3/4a, HWV 315
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.3/5, HWV 316
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.3/6, HWV 317

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (6), Op. 3
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 3 no 2
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.3/3, HWV 314
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3/4a, HWV 315
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.3/5, HWV 316
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.3/6, HWV 317
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The leading Scandinavian ensemble in historical performance practice, the Concerto Copenhagen led by Lars Ulrik Mortensen, today is regarded throughout the world as one of the most remarkable and resourceful orchestras in its field. In this group of six works published in 1734, Handel throughout draws on some older compositions that once had served as introductory instrumental compositions for vocal works. Handel's music had been strongly influenced by Italian music ever since his study years in Florence, Rome, Naples, and Venice. It is especially his predilection for supple melodies, choral leading of the strings, and expansive harmonic passages that attests to such influence. The pieces are not for this reason stylistically uniform in character; they form more of a compendium of Handel's creative multifacetedness.

Fanfare Magazine, July / August 2012, July / August 2012
Concerto Copenhagen is composed of a very talented group, as the many solos in these concertos reveal. Collectively, they are as expert as one expects from the best period-instrument groups. Mortensen sets lively tempos well within the norm, with a couple of exceptions (the Largo of Concerto 2 and the last movement of Concerto 5 are a bit too fast). I applaud Mortensen for providing separation between first and second violins so that we can appreciate the antiphonal effects in several of these works.

As enjoyable as this recording is, my preferences are for Goodman, Gardiner, and Pinnock.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen (06/04/2009-06/06/2009).



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (6), Op. 3
  • Conductor: Lars Mortensen
  • Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
  • Notes: Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen (06/04/2009-06/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1710

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op. 3 no 2
  • Conductor: Lars Mortensen
  • Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
  • Notes: Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen (06/04/2009-06/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1715-1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.3/3, HWV 314
  • Conductor: Lars Mortensen
  • Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
  • Notes: Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen (06/04/2009-06/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1717-1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3/4a, HWV 315
  • Conductor: Lars Mortensen
  • Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
  • Notes: Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen (06/04/2009-06/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1716

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.3/5, HWV 316
  • Conductor: Lars Mortensen
  • Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
  • Notes: Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen (06/04/2009-06/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1717-1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.3/6, HWV 317
  • Conductor: Lars Mortensen
  • Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen
  • Notes: Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen (06/04/2009-06/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1716-1720