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Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 7

Album Summary

>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, Op.7/3, HWV 308
>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
>Handel, George Frideric : Chaconne for harpsichord with 2 sets of keys in F major, HWV 485
>Handel, George Frideric : Fugues or Voluntaries (6) for Organ
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece) (Prelude and Chaconne), Vol.2, no 9, in G major, HWV 442
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (no 13), HWV 295
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Notes & Reviews:

"This is one of the most delightful Baroque orchestral recordings to appear in quite a while. In terms of the competition, it goes straight to the top of the heapthe results are splendid in every waya consistently ear-catching aural pictureThe music is some of Handel's finest...Complementing the genial confidence of the solo and orchestral playing is engineering that perfectly balances the organ against the larger ensemble, whether in regular stereo or SACD multichannel format. This is no mean featthe result consistently clarifies rather than obscures the musical argument. This marvelous release sets a new standard as an imaginative recreation of Handel's genius both as composer and performer. Unforgettable, and essential." - Classics Today (10/10)

”The performances by Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music are excellent.”-Fanfare

Gramophone Magazine
The rich-sounding AAM forces comprise 18 players, including oboes and bassoons; both their playing and Egarr's solo contributions are of an impeccably high order. ... Egarr takes a bold, improvisatory approach to the concertos. The allegro movements are enlivened by rapid keyboard flourishes, liberal ornamentation...and delightful variants to the basic printed rhythms in the manner of French Baroque composers.

BBC Music Magazine
Anyone familiar with Richard Egarr's perky, exuberantly-ornamented take on Handel's Op. 4 concertos will know what to expect from this sequel. ... the Academy of Ancient Music are intimate conversationalists, alert to every nuance of Egarr's abiding wit and pungent repartee. The chamber organ, (housed in Handel's Parish Church), is quite magnificent, vividly captured in Harmonia Mundi's SACD, and wonderfully exploited by Egarr's highly fertile imagination...



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>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/1, HWV 306
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1740

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in A major, Op.7/2, HWV 307
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1743

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.7/3, HWV 308
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1751

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto Movement in D minor (Adagio)
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 22 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")
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1750

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op.7/6, HWV 311
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1749

>Handel, George Frideric : Chaconne for harpsichord with 2 sets of keys in F major, HWV 485
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705

>Handel, George Frideric : Fugues or Voluntaries (6) for Organ
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1711-1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece) (Prelude and Chaconne), Vol.2, no 9, in G major, HWV 442
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto in F major "Cuckoo & the Nightingale" (no 13), HWV 295
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1739.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1739