Handel - Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - Part 2 (2020)

Handel

Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin

Bernhard Forck

     Here is the link to Handel Concerti Grossi - Part One at the NativeDSD Music Store. 

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin continue their Handel trilogy with this recording of the last six concerti grossi of the composer’s Op. 6. Originally designed as attractive interludes to English oratorio performances, Handel’s concerti grossi soon gained fame as some of the most appealing orchestral music of the baroque era. With these pieces, written in London towards the end of his career, Handel paid tribute to the immensely popular concerti grossi of Corelli while simultaneously proving his mastery, incorporating all musical styles of his times into his work. The players of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, led by their concertmaster Bernhard Forck, demonstrate why many consider them the best baroque ensemble of today. The concerti grossi Op. 6 are concluded with this second instalment, and a recording of the concerti grossi Op. 3 will complete the trilogy.

Adrian Quanjer from HRAudio.net reviewed this album on our Blog.NativeDSD visit the link to read the full review. 

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Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Akamus) was founded in 1982 in Berlin. Since its beginnings, it has become one of the world‘s leading chamber orchestras on period instruments and can look back on an unprecedented history of success. From New York to Tokyo, London or Buenos Aires, Akamus is a welcome guest, appearing regularly at the most important venues throughout Europe and internationally, touring as far afield as the USA and Asia.

Akamus has established itself as one of the pillars of Berlin‘s cultural scene, having had its own concert series at the Konzerthaus Berlin for more than 30 years and having collaborated with the Staatsoper Berlin on their Baroque repertoire since 1994. In addition, the ensemble has had its own concert series at Munich’s Prinzregententheater since 2012.

With up to 100 performances annually, Akamus performs in a variety of formations from chamber music to symphonic repertoire. As well as working with guest conductors, the orchestra is often directed from the leader‘s chair by one of its three concert masters Bernhard Forck, Georg Kallweit or Stephan Mai.

The ensemble has an especially close and enduring partnership with René Jacobs. Their mutual passion to explore new paths has led to the rediscovery and new interpretation of many operas and oratorios, to great international critical acclaim. Their recordings of Mozart’s "The Abduction from the Seraglio" and Bach’s "St. Matthew" and "St. John" Passions received numerous awards and their productions at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna have been praised highly by the international press.

In the recent past, Akamus was directed by Emmanuelle Haïm, Bernhard Labadie, Paul Agnew, Diego Fasolis and Rinaldo Alessandrini. Akamus‘ most fruitful cooperation with the RIAS-Kammerchor has produced many award-winning recordings. In addition, the ensemble maintains close cooperation with the Bavarian Radio Chorus. Regular guests include internationally renowned soloists such as Isabelle Faust, Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov, Anna Prohaska, Werner Güra, Michael Volle and Bejun Mehta. Together with the Sasha Waltz & Guests dance company, Akamus has developed successful productions such as "Dido & Aeneas" (music by Henry Purcell) and "Medea" (music by Pascal Dusapin).

Having sold more than a million CDs, Akamus is a highly successful orchestra internationally. Their recordings have won all important awards for classical recordings, such as the Grammy, Diapason d‘Or, Cannes Classical, Gramophone, Edison, MIDEM Classical, Choc de l‘année as well as the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. In 2006, Akamus received the Telemann prize of Magdeburg and in 2014 both the Bach Medal and Echo Klassik.

Akamus‘ most recent CD productions include Bach‘s "Dialogue Cantatas" with Sophie Karthäuser and Michael Volle, Bruckner‘s „Missa solemnis“ with the RIAS Kammerchor under the baton of ?ukasz Borowicz, „Cantata“, a new recording with Bejun Mehta, and Mozart’s “Great Mass in C minor” with the Bavarian Radio Chorus under the baton of Howard Arman.

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Handel - Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - Part 2 (2020)

Handel

Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin

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Under the inspiring direction of Concert Master, Bernard Forck, 17 musicians treat us to a memorable performance. In their reading, the purpose for which Handel composed these concerti (to be played during intervals between his masques and oratorios, with a view to lure audiences to the concert hall) comes to life in all its exiting and joyful grandeur. A variety of elegant moods, always positive, never boring. A secret of which Handel held the formula and Akemus now obviously the key. The shortest way for me to describe it all: A disc to play over and over again.

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Handel - Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - Part 2 (2020)

Handel

Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin

Financial Support: Freunde und Förderer der Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin e.V.
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Producer: Karel Bruggeman
Recording Engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording location: Nikodemuskirche, Berlin in February, 2019
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64

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1.
Handel Concerti Grossi - B flat Maj Op 6 No 7 I Largo
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Handel Concerti Grossi - B flat Maj Op 6 No 7 II Allegro
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Handel Concerti Grossi - B flat Maj Op 6 No 7 III Largo
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Handel Concerti Grossi - B flat Maj Op 6 No 7 IV Andante
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Handel Concerti Grossi - B flat Maj Op 6 No 7 V Hornpipe
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Handel Concerti Grossi - C Min Op 6 No 8 I Allemande
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Handel Concerti Grossi - C Min Op 6 No 8 II Grave
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Handel Concerti Grossi - C Min Op 6 No 8 III Andante allegro
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Handel Concerti Grossi - C Min Op 6 No 8 IV Adagio
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Handel Concerti Grossi - C Min Op 6 No 8 V Siciliana Andante
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Handel Concerti Grossi - C Min Op 6 No 8 VI Allegro
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Handel Concerti Grossi - F Maj Op 6 No 9 I Largo
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Handel Concerti Grossi - F Maj Op 6 No 9 II Allegro
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Handel Concerti Grossi - F Maj Op 6 No 9 III Larghetto
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Handel Concerti Grossi - F Maj Op 6 No 9 IV Allegro
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Handel Concerti Grossi - F Maj Op 6 No 9 V Menuet
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Handel Concerti Grossi - F Maj Op 6 No 9 VI Gigue Allegro
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Handel Concerti Grossi - D Min Op 6 No 10 I Ouverture
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Handel Concerti Grossi - D Min Op 6 No 10 II Air Lentement
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Handel Concerti Grossi - D Min Op 6 No 10 III Allegro
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Handel Concerti Grossi - D Min Op 6 No 10 IV Allegro
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Handel Concerti Grossi - D Min Op 6 No 10 V Allegro moderato
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Handel Concerti Grossi - A Maj Op 6 No 11 I Andante larghetto e stac
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Handel Concerti Grossi - A Maj Op 6 No 11 II Allegro
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Handel Concerti Grossi - A Maj Op 6 No 11 III Largo e staccato
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Handel Concerti Grossi - A Maj Op 6 No 11 IV Andante
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Handel Concerti Grossi - A Maj Op 6 No 11 V Allegro
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Handel Concerti Grossi - B Min Op 6 No 12 I Largo
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Handel Concerti Grossi - B Min Op 6 No 12 II Allegro
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Handel Concerti Grossi - B Min Op 6 No 12 III Aria Larghetto e piano
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Handel Concerti Grossi - B Min Op 6 No 12 IV Largo
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Handel Concerti Grossi - B Min Op 6 No 12 V Allegro
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