Handel - Concerti a due cori | Harmonia Mundi HMM905272

Handel - Concerti a due cori

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM905272

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 16th February 2018

Contents

About

Handelís focus in his three Concerti a due cori was on lively rhythms, arresting dialogue and vibrant colours, so his slow movements take something of a back seat, except here where he returned to Esther for a long, lilting siciliana in which the reedy oboes add a poignant edge to the movementís lingering minor-key melancholy. This prepares the way perfectly for the finest movement of the work, which proudly revives a ground bass Handel had first used in his Birthday Ode for Queen Anne in 1713. Here, its pounding theme Ė typical of the early Venetian concerto Ė is taken up by all the strings in unison, frequently as a foil to the contrasting ideas proffered by the wind and brass. Itís hard not to sense in the complete transformation of the original, now amplified with idiomatic horn parts and rich concerto textures, Handelís rekindled enthusiasm for the music he had first penned over three decades before. In the final movement two oboes are singled out for a virtuoso conversation, while the orchestra relies on the sturdy pillars of a chorus from the Occasional Oratorio.
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