Handel - Concerti Grossi Op.6 | Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold HMG50722829

Handel - Concerti Grossi Op.6

Label: Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold

Cat No: HMG50722829

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 7th July 2017



Academy of Ancient Music


Andrew Manze


Handel, George Frideric

Concerti grossi (12), op.6


Academy of Ancient Music


Andrew Manze


Considered among the finest examples of Baroque orchestral music, Handelís Concerti Grossi, Op.6, completed in 1739 over a mere four weeks, surpass the work of other outstanding composers of the form, such as Vivaldi, Scarlatti, and Corelli. Conceived as a grand cycle rather than as individual compositions, these 12 pieces demonstrate Handelís facility blending a variety of styles and devices with seemingly endless melodic beauty.

Andrew Manze leads The Academy of Ancient Music in a vivid and vibrant performance.

ďWith one stride, Harmonia Mundi has stolen a march on Chandos Chaconneís rival set of Handelís Op 6 with Simon Standageís Collegium Musicum 90; by juggling with the order, the 12 concertos have been accommodated on only two CDs. The AAM is on sparkling form, clearly enjoying itself under Andrew Manzeís leadership... and the listener canít fail to love the vigorous kick of his No 7 hornpipe. Altogether this is an issue of joyous vitality.Ē - Gramophone Classical Music Guide 2010

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