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Handel: Concerti Grossi Op. 3 / Sonata A 5 Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import


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1. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/1, HWV 312: 1.
2. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/1, HWV 312: 2.
3. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/1, HWV 312: 3.
4. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/2, HWV 313: 1. Vivace
5. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/2, HWV 313: 2. Largo
6. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/2, HWV 313: 3. Allegro
7. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/2, HWV 313: 4.
8. Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/2, HWV 313: 5.
9. Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.3/3, HWV 314: 1. Largo, e staccato - Allegro
10. Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.3/3, HWV 314: 2. Adagio
11. Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.3/3, HWV 314: 3. Allegro
12. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3/4a, HWV 315: 1.
13. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3/4a, HWV 315: 2. Andante
14. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3/4a, HWV 315: 3. Allegro
15. Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3/4a, HWV 315: 4. Allegro
16. Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.3/5, HWV 316: 1.
17. Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.3/5, HWV 316: 2. Fuga. Allegro
18. Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.3/5, HWV 316: 3. Adagio
19. Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.3/5, HWV 316: 4. Allegro, ma non troppo
20. Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.3/5, HWV 316: 5. Allegro
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  • Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Composer: Handel
  • Audio CD (March 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000MGB7O0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ClassicalMusicLover on April 25, 2008
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This is the start of a new series of Handel recordings with the Academy of Ancient Music with its new director, Richard Egarr, on SACD. This is a review of the multi-channel SACD version.

The recorded history of Handel's Op.3 has seen many excellent performances and recordings. I own 5 other recordings of Op.3 on original instruments as follows in order of performance and recorded sound quality, best first, with a very short review of each:

1. Tafelmusik, Jeanne Lamon (1991) - Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op 3 /Tafelmusik * Lamon - Excellent performance with a lot of verve and buoyancy. Also a superbly detailed and warm recording with nice ambiance. You can hear the string basses and cellos very well.
2. The English Concert, Trever Pinnock (1984) - Handel: 6 Concerti Grossi Op. 3: The Engish Concert - Another superb performance with a lot of verve and bouyancy and a superb recording made in the excellent Henry Wood Hall (The only reason this did not get first place is because it lacked an Archlute as part of the continuo instrumentation)
3. English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (1981) - George Frideric Handel: Concerti Grossi Opus 3 - Another excellent performance and recording.
4. Les Musicians du Louve, Marc Minkowski, director (1994) -
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Baker on October 12, 2007
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Richard Egarr's first recording with AAM, this first volume of an anticipated Handel cycle is swiftly -- and justifiably -- gathering accolades. Classics Today rated it 10/10, calling the disc a "terrific release," "superbly engineered and presented [...]. It doesn't get any better." This month, Gramophone magazine announced it as the 2007 Gramophone Award Winner in the Baroque Instrumental category, proclaiming "Egarr could not have hoped for a better way to begin his tenure." I agree. The playing is wonderful, Harmonia Mundi's recording is warm and vibrant, and Egarr's notes for the recording are a interesting and informative. For Handel fans like me, or lovers of Baroque music in general, this disc is a definite "buy." [NOTE: Content review is based on the non-SACD version of this disc].
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This set, recorded in 2006, offers quite a clear choice for period music enthusiasts. Both are equally well researched and period aware and the players on both discs are equally capable of overcoming the problems for playing these, often tricky, instruments. The recorded sound in both cases matches the characteristics of the performances.

Pinnock. on the earlier and still excellent disc, offers rather more incisive playing with more bite and rhythmical drive throughout all six concertos. Egarr, on the other hand, provides a more rounded approach to both the interpretations and to the sound he draws from his orchestra. It would be quite wrong on this basis to say that one is better than the other or that one is more musical than the other. Preference between the two might well reflect the mood of the listener who may favour the more bracing approach of Pinnock one day and the warmer, more mellow approach of Eggar on another day.

This cannot therefore be a definitive review that states which one to buy. My suggestion is to try and decide whether mood is likely to be the closest to your own personality or fundamental character then choose accordingly. If in doubt, you can only gain musically by buying both as Handel's music will satisfy either way but quite differently.
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