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Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Nos. 7-12

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Product Details

  • Performer: Sarah Freiberg, Daniel Stepner, Julie Leven
  • Orchestra: Boston Baroque
  • Conductor: Martin Pearlman
  • Composer: George Frederick Handel
  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000ZU98EO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Founded by Martin Pearlman in 1973, Boston Baroque is the first permanent Baroque orchestra in the U.S. It is also the resident ensemble for Boston University's Historical Performance Program. Boston Baroque's first Telarc recording, issued in 1992, included the first six concertos of Handel's Opus 6 Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Nos. 1-6. Fifteen years later Telarc has finally recorded and released the remaining half dozen.

Boston Baroque's recording of the Concerti Grossi Nos. 1-6 was excellent, and Nos. 7-12 are better still. The strings are even more polished (Pearlman doesn't double the string parts with woodwinds, as some other conductors do), and the recorded sound (thanks to DSD) is even more lifelike. Boston Baroque's playing has none of the mannerisms that sometimes mar historically informed performances; it combines the energy and enthusiasm of a period band with the weight and richness of a modern ensemble.

The Grand Concertos (as they were called in English) could be described as Handel's greatest hits. As was his practice, Handel borrowed freely from other of his works (and from other composers). Sometimes the concertos provided additional entertainment between sections of Handel's oratorios. They deservedly remain among Handel's most popular works. Except for Messiah, there is no better place to make Handel's acquaintance than the concerti of Opus 6, and there are no better recordings than these.
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Pearlman gave us the first six of the opus some years earlier, and critics and the public were kind to them. Although I have not heard the earlier set, I expect they are much the same as these, because what's not to like. The performances are lively in the outer movements and often serenely introspective in the Largos and Adagios. If anything, the contrasts may appear perhaps too pronounced, but I enjoyed the intensified effect. On period instruments we don't get quite as imposing an effect as we do with some performances on modern instruments, but Pearlman and his players are certainly graceful and refined, which helps make up for any lack of outright weightiness. Warm, resonant, mellow sound complement the performances.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
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Have enjoyed Boston Baroque's Part 1 if the opus 6 "Grossi" for some time and now Part 2 has arrived. The level of musicianship is quite good and BB plays period instruments. Own them both and play them often...fine renditions of Mr. Handel's lovingly conceived and crafted handiwork. Also, the recording fidelity quality is quite decent. Even when played on conventional mono pole loudspeakers the recording "breathes" nicely.
Kudos to Telarc, the recording engineer, BB, Mr. Pearlman, (and GFH). Yowza!
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By graykat on January 28, 2015
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If you like Baroque music, this is for you. Just beautiful!
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By bob on March 22, 2014
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Very nice I love this kind of music.
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