Handel’s Memories – A selection from Grand Concertos op. 6

Al Ayre Espanol

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

George Frideric Handel arrived in England towards the end of 1710, encouraged by a group of music lovers excited by the extraordinary success he had achieved with his opera Agrippina in Venice. At the beginning of the 18th century, London was a very prosperous city in need of talent to modernize and revitalize its theatrical performances, and the German musician, who was then at the service of the Elector of Hanover (who would soon be crowned King of Great Britain), was the ideal candidate. 
For many years, Handel was the most acclaimed composer of Italian opera in London, premiering at a rate of one show a year, and managing all aspects related to production, from the orchestra, which became one of the best in Europe, to the singers, with whom he did not always have optimal relationships. In 1733, he had a notorious clash with one of the most famous castrati of the time, Senesino, who founded, with the support of a good portion of the aristocracy, the Opera of the Nobility, determined to rival the German composer. Two Italian opera companies were too much for a city where this genre had seriously declined during the previous decade, hence the considerable losses they both accumulated during consecutive seasons. In 1737, Senesino’s opera closed permanently. Handel, exhausted by excessive work and the constant upsets, became seriously ill.

Tracklist

1.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major - A tempo giusto
01:49
2.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G majo - Allegro
01:38
3.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major - Adagio
05:39
4.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major - Allegro
02:37
5.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major - Allegro
00:04
6.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor - Allemande
05:42
7.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor - Grave - Andante allegro
03:24
8.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor - Adagio
01:30
9.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor - Siciliana
03:59
10.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor - Allegro
01:08
11.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor - Larghetto e affettuoso
04:01
12.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor - Allegro ma non troppo
01:36
13.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor - Musette
06:01
14.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor - Allegro
02:48
15.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor - Allegro
02:18
16.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor - Ouverture
04:12
17.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor - Air
04:42
18.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor - Allegro
02:56
19.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor - Allegro
02:34
20.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor - Allegro moderato
02:01
21.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major - Ouverture
03:56
22.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major - Presto
02:05
23.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major - Largo
02:53
24.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major - Allegro
02:11
25.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major - Menuet - Un poco larghetto
03:19
26.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major - Andante larghetto, e staccato
05:29
27.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major - Allegro
01:40
28.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major - Largo e staccato
01:55
29.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major - Andante
04:46
30.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major - Allegro
05:09

Total time: 01:34:02

Additional information

Artists

Composers

Conductors

Genres

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Qualities

Channels

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Siltech Mono Crystal

Digital Converters

dCS

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Mastering Equipment

Avalon Acoustic

Microphones

Sonodore

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf, Fir Suidema

Recording location

Auditorio de el Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

CC72548

Release Date June 6, 2014
SKU CC72548

Press reviews

TOM

Een genot om naar te luisteren

Early Music Review

As fresh and exciting a recording as you would expect from Al Ayre Espanol. A must-have recording.

hifi & records

Unbedingt anhören!

Luister

Het uitstekende Spaanse barokorkest Al Ayre Español, onder aanvoering van klavecinist Eduardo López Banzo, speelt deze selectie van zes van de oorspronkelijke twaalf concerto’s met een aanstekelijke energie en finesse. Eén van de hoogtepunten uit het programma is de zeldzaam sierlijke ‘Siciliane’, het vierde deel van concerto nummer 8.

English:
The excellent Spanish baroque orchestra ‘Al Ayre Español’, led by harpsichordist Eduardo López Banzo, plays six of the original twelve concerto’s with catchy energy and finesse. One of the highlights of the program is the extremely elegant ‘Siciliane’ the fourth part of concerto no. 8.

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