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Handel: Organ Concertos Op 4 / Halls, Huggett, Sonnerie

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  1. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 4 in F Major, HWV 292: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 4 in F Major, HWV 292: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 4 in F Major, HWV 292: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 4 in F Major, HWV 292: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major, HWV 290: I. Sinfonia - A tempo ordinario e $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major, HWV 290: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major, HWV 290: III. Adagio e staccato $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 2 in B flat Major, HWV 290: IV. Allegro ma non presto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 3 in G Minor, HWV 291: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 3 in G Minor, HWV 291: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 3 in G Minor, HWV 291: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 3 in G Minor, HWV 291: IV. Gavotte – Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat major, HWV 294: I. Andante - allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, HWV 294: II. Larghetto – Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, HWV 294: II. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 5 in F Major, HWV 293: I. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 5 in F Major, HWV 293: II. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 5 in F Major, HWV 293: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 5 in F Major, HWV 293: IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, HWV 289: I. Larghetto e staccato – Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, HWV 289: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, HWV 289: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — Organ Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, HWV 289: IV. Andante $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
>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 : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/6, HWV 294 (originally for harp)
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/1, HWV 289
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Notes & Reviews:

"...I am mostly happy with this new recording... Sonnerie, under Monica Huggett's leadership, is crisp and alert, and Matthew Halls's organ-playing is a real delight, tastefully and tactfully ornamented with interpolated embellishments only where they do not obstruct Handel's sure sense of line and timing... If one must have these concertos in period-instruments performances, this CD is highly recommended... excellent recording, excellent notes, and fine performances all around." -Fanfare

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Sonnerie elect to open this delectable recording with the bright, extrovert Concerto No 4, which Handel based on music he had rejected from his autograph of Alcina. Matthew Halls begins this with a fabulous flourish on the organ before Sonnerie launch in, setting the pace for the rest of this lively and engaging disc. Halls, using a fascinating Dutch chamber organ which is perfect for the intimately balanced ensemble, plays the solos in Concerto No 6 (the 'harp' concerto) with admirable delicacy and affection. Firmer music such as the Allegro from Concerto No 3 lacks nothing in intensity or drama. The bouncy finale of Concerto No 5 is a model of zesty vivaciousness.

These chamber performances are smaller than those Handel would have directed but one never feels that Sonnerie are weak or underpowered.

Although Halls is sometimes accompanied by only six musicians, the slow movements are surprisingly lush and evocative.

Inspiring interpretations that are a joy from beginning to end.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
  • Performer: Matthew Halls (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Sonnerie
  • Notes: Saint Silas Church, Kentish Town, London, England (07/16/2003-07/18/2003)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.4/2, HWV 290
  • Performer: Matthew Halls (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Sonnerie
  • Notes: Saint Silas Church, Kentish Town, London, England (07/16/2003-07/18/2003)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/3, HWV 291
  • Performer: Matthew Halls (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Sonnerie
  • Notes: Saint Silas Church, Kentish Town, London, England (07/16/2003-07/18/2003)
  • Running Time: 10 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)
  • Performer: Matthew Halls (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Sonnerie
  • Notes: Saint Silas Church, Kentish Town, London, England (07/16/2003-07/18/2003)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1736

>Handel, George Frideric : Concertos (6) for Organ, Op. 4
  • Performer: Matthew Halls (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Sonnerie
  • Notes: Saint Silas Church, Kentish Town, London, England (07/16/2003-07/18/2003)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in G minor, Op.4/1, HWV 289
  • Performer: Matthew Halls (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Sonnerie
  • Notes: Saint Silas Church, Kentish Town, London, England (07/16/2003-07/18/2003)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1735-1736