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.
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Bernhard Forck, Concertmaster
Total time: 01:19:58
Freunde und Förderer der Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin e.V.
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Nikodemuskirche, Berlin in February, 2019
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|Release Date||January 17, 2020|
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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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