Handel: Organ Concertos / Goodman, Nicholson, et al

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/1, HWV 289
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/2, HWV 290
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/3, HWV 291
>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/3, HWV 308
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/1, HWV 306
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in A major, Op.7/2, HWV 307
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294 (originally for harp)
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto Movement in D minor (Adagio)
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto Op. 7, no 5 (as used in the film "Got Rot Tunbridge Wells")
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.7/6, HWV 311
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'The great coup of this new recording ... is to have secured the instrument on which the composer played. Nicholson's playing is unfailingly stylish' (The Times)

'The abiding impression is one of irrepressible tunefulness and joie de vivre ... The instrument's special delight is the sweetness and delicacy of its flute stops ... Here and elsewhere Nicholson plays with zest and virtuoso flair. The Brandenburg Consort match him in style and élan, while Frances Kelly is a graceful soloist' (Daily Telegraph)

'Highly recommended, not least for a glorious rendition of the Harp Concerto and the novelty of the briefest contribution of Clare College Choir in an Alleluia finale' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Incandescent music-making. Mr Nicholson, the fieriest of virtuosos, makes us remember that Handel, who wrote these pieces for himself, was an organist of legendary prowess. The Brandenburg Consort's luminous strings play with particular point and charm, thanks to Mr Goodman' (Dallas Morning News)

'Superbly played' (Organists' Review)

'Paul Nicholson's performances are musical, polished and wonderfully played and enjoyable to hear' (Cathedral Music)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This recording was made at St-Lawrence Whitchurch on an organ Handel must certainly have played. It sounds well under Paul Nicholson's hands. There's plenty of brightly glittering passagework and rich diapason sound in such movements as the passacaglia-like first of Op 7 No 1; while the softer side of the instrument is particularly appealing in Op 4 No 5, where Nicholson, doubtless conscious that this is a transcription of a recorder sonata, draws from it some very sweet sounds. It has a mechanical action, and here and there the incidental noise may be disconcerting.

Still, it's authentic, so possibly we should be grateful to have it reproduced. There's some very lively and at times virtuoso playing from Nicholson in the quick movements, with sturdy rhythms, and some of the dance movements go with a good swing too.

Nicholson gives good, precise accounts of the various solo fugues and the transcriptions and improvisatory movements used here when Handel offered merely an ad lib. He's a thoughtful player; his added ornamentation is always musical, intelligent and stylish. However, in several movements overdeliberate orchestral phrasing or accentuation can be damaging; this happens quite often and sometimes affects Nicholson's playing. Op 4 No 6 is played on the harp, with some very delicate timing from Frances Kelly. The bright, clear recording captures happily the acoustic of this moderate-sized church.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/1, HWV 289
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Paul Nicholson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1735-1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/2, HWV 290
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Paul Nicholson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/3, HWV 291
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Paul Nicholson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Paul Nicholson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Paul Nicholson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/3, HWV 308
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Paul Nicholson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1751

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/1, HWV 306
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Paul Nicholson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1740

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in A major, Op.7/2, HWV 307
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Paul Nicholson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294 (originally for harp)
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Frances Kelly (Harp)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto Movement in D minor (Adagio)
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Paul Nicholson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1744

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto Op. 7, no 5 (as used in the film "Got Rot Tunbridge Wells")
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Paul Nicholson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1750

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.7/6, HWV 311
  • Performers: Roy Goodman (Harpsichord); Paul Nicholson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Ensemble: Brandenburg Consort
  • Notes: St Lawrence, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England (05/31/1996-06/05/1996)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1749