Martin Gester - Handel: Twelve Grand Concertos

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Although it was in the field of opera that Handel had first made his mark when arriving in London in the early 18th Century, the high costs of producing operas made it an uncertain one. By the 1730s Handel therefore began to explore other possibilities. It is in this context that the Concerti grossi Op. 6 may be seen. Composed during a few hectic weeks in the autumn of 1739, the set was partly intended by Handel – renowned mainly as a writer for singers and as an organist – to reinforce his stature as an instrumental composer.

Concerto grosso No.1 in G major, HWV319

I. A tempo giusto

II. Allegro e forte

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

V. Allegro

Concerto grosso No.2 in F major, HWV320

I. Andante larghetto

II. Allegro

III. Largo – Larghetto andante

IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Concerto grosso No.3 in E minor, HWV321

I. Larghetto

II. Andante

III. Allegro

IV. Polonaise. Andante

V. Allegro ma non troppo

Concerto grosso No.4 in A minor, HWV322

I. Larghetto affettuoso

II. Allegro

III. Largo e piano

IV. Allegro

Concerto grosso No.5 in D major, HWV323

I. Ouverture. Larghetto e staccato

II. Allegro

III. Presto

IV. Largo

V. Allegro

VI. Menuet. Un poco larghetto

Concerto grosso No.6 in G minor, HWV324

I. Largo e affettuoso

II. A tempo giusto

III. Musette. Larghetto

IV. Allegro

V. Allegro

Concerto grosso No.7 in B flat major, HWV325

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Largo e piano

IV. Andante

V. Hornpipe

Concerto grosso No.8 in C minor, HWV326

I. Allemande. Andante

II. Grave

III. Andante allegro

IV. Adagio

V. Siciliana. Andante

VI. Allegro

Concerto grosso No.9 in F major, HWV327

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Larghetto

IV. Allegro

V. Menuet

VI. Gigue. Allegro

Concerto grosso No.10 in D minor, HWV328

I. Ouverture – Allegro

II. Air. Lentement

III. Allegro

IV. Allegro

V. Allegro moderato

Concerto grosso No.11 in A major, HWV329

I. Andante larghetto e staccato

II. Allegro — Largo e staccato

II. Andante

IV. Allegro

Concerto grosso No.12 in B minor, HWV330

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Aria. Larghetto e piano

IV. Largo

V. Allegro

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Record Label BIS Records
Music Genre Classicals