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Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 4 [Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import]

George Frideric Handel , Richard Egarr , Academy of Ancient Music Audio CD
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listen  5. Handel: Organ Concerto in B-Flat Major, Op. 4, No. 2: I. A tempo ordinario, e staccato0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Handel: Organ Concerto in G Minor, Op. 4, No. 3: IV. Allegro 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Handel: Organ Concerto in F Major, Op. 4, No. 4: I. Allegro 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (February 12, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B00103E124
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid Handel series continues February 22, 2008
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Here is the second entry in a new series celebrating (for that is what it feels like) Handel's orchestral music as played by the superb Academy of Ancient Music, conducted from the organ by Richard Egarr. The success of the first installment, Handel's Op.3 Concerto Grossi, which won the 2007 Gramophone Award for Baroque instrumental music, was a head's up that we were in for something special. The present release confirms it. Handel composed these organ concertos in order to literally give himself something to do during performances of his oratorios such as Esther, Deborah, Athalia and Alexander's Feast. Beginning as early as 1733 and continuing for several years, Handel played his organ concerti during intervals of his staged oratorios. These performances, part of a campaign by Handel to pull out all the stops (forgive me) during the decade of the 1730s, were designed to maintain his musical relevance in an increasingly competitive London musical scene. He had already turned from opera to oratorio and now sought additional means of generating excitement amongst London's ever more demanding audiences. The first advertisements for his organ performances appeared in the London press on 5th March 1735 for a performance of Esther at Covent Garden. Much was made of Handel's organ interludes, including a fascinating comment in a music publication of 1739 extolling Handel's brilliant organ technique as perhaps the finest in the world, save for a certain Mr. Bach in Leipzig. References to Bach in the European popular press of the era are rare. Handel's technique is described as having 'amazing fullness, force and energy. Read more ›
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Performance in First Rate Sound March 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
You may find yourself tapping your toes as Mr. Egarr beautifully ornaments the solo lines of these wonderful concertos. And why not enjoy? Few composers have ever incorporated such a palpable sense of the joy of life and music making into the notes on the printed page. I have to restrain myself to avoid a rave after a first hearing.

The AAM covers itself with glory in its accounts of the orchestral parts. If you have any lingering problems with period instruments, listen to these sweet toned and colorful performances to see just how far period performance has come. Tempos are well sprung and the recording is a very fine example of DSD/SACD technology in service of the music. The medium sized portative organ is constructed in conformance with the sweet toned English chamber organs of Handel's time. Not the least of the attractions of this set is the re-thinking of the last two concertos scoring. The lute in the continuo lines is wonderful. Eliminating the recorders from the orchestra in No. 6, which were carried over from the harp version of the piece, alter the tonal palette in a wonderful way.

This is the first recording to challenge my long held favorite in these works: Daniel Chorzempa's thirty year old integral of all 16 concertos recorded for Phillips and re-issued in SACD by Pentatone. The Concerto Amsterdam under Jaap Schroeder also plays beautifully without the bleating, surging, and sawing that sometimes disfigured period performances of that era. The antique Dutch organ used in those recordings has a clattery action which may put some people off. Chorzempa also interpolates extra movements from Handel's keyboard works to give a flavor for the improvisation that Handel would have undertaken in performance.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting performance, stunning sonics April 27, 2008
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Organ performance is thrilling. Recording sonics are perfect - SACD and CD versions are stunning. After years of listening to original instrument performances, I still am not used to the whiny string sound found on these early music recordings. The performances here are so exciting and the recorded ambience so delicious that for the first time, I can understand why these works were so popular in their time.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment April 14, 2008
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I bought this disc on the strength of the reviews and the samples. I had already the Koopman, Ewerhart and Pinnock sets. Had I no other set I daresay I would have been more positive as it is a reasonable record or better. The organ sounds quite cute without noise from the instrument's action and the decoration remains just about within the realm of taste. The orchestra plays well and the disc is recorded well. So what's the problem? Well the tempi are rather variable some of the slow movements too slow and studied thus the fluency necessary to bring off these works is sometimes lost. Orchestra seems to be either in the background or loud and in one's face - exciting but not for repeated listening. The use of lute I did not like and the use of baroque guitar albeit in only one concerto I thought pathetically inadequate. Whether justified historically or not I cannot imagine the English public of the 18 th century standing for it nor Handel either. Surely both would have wanted "proper instruments" rather than these rather effeminate ones. Thus not bad but did not come up to my expectations.
Unlike some I do at least have other sets in my possession with which to compare. The Pinnock/ Preston set I thought lacking in orchestral delicacy and spoiled thoroughly by a prominent chattering harpsichord. I prefer the Egarr to this. I prefer it also to the old Collegium Aureum/Ewerhart which has a tiny organ and rather thick and ponderous orchestral component. The winner by some margin is the inexpensive Koopman and ABO on apex including opus 7. The only drawback is some unobtrusive noise from the organ's action. If you accept this is natural then this record is quickish and exciting with precise and transparent orchestral playing. No harpsichord either! It just sounds right and played immediately after Egarr I thought clearly superior. Worth at least one star more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strings Overpower the Organ - Needs to be remixed
The mix unfortunately places the orchestra as overpowering the organ. However the recording quality for the strings is great. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rick Blanc
3.0 out of 5 stars A slower, duller version of Opus 4 than some others
Not quite up to the Chorzempa on Philips or the Tachezi with Harnoncourt on Das Alte Werke - but, lovely sound and a reasonable performance nonetheless.
Published 8 months ago by Andrew Pinkowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot - Informed authenticity with emotional involvement
The is the first recording by the Academy of Ancient Music without Christopher Hogwood directing, and quite frankly I am amazed at what years of improvements in recording, and... Read more
Published on June 30, 2011 by Kelvin Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Handel playing
I have struggled with Handel's Organ Concertos up till now but this recording showed me at last what they are about and allowed me to really enjoy them for the first time. Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by Sid Nuncius
5.0 out of 5 stars Handel - Organ Concertos
This item was received in a timely fashion & it was a gift to my son. He says it is great.

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Published on January 11, 2011 by Janette K. Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Precious Jewel - Thank God for SACD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was very reluctant to purchase this SACD because I have not been impressed by Richard Egarr two recordings that I've heard previously by him, the Goldberg Variations and Bach's... Read more
Published on December 2, 2009 by ClassicalMusicLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Handel,Organ Concerto,s.Opus 4
I am pleased that I heard a small portion of this album whilst listening to Public radio whilst driving my truck !. Read more
Published on April 27, 2008 by Avril G. Lomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely terrific!!
Heard about this recording on NPR and ordered it immediately. It is true to the review and a wonderful addition to any collection.
Published on April 27, 2008 by Joan Ragland
5.0 out of 5 stars Handel gems revealed
This has been a wonderful discovery for me of Handel's organ concertos. I can't imagine a better disc than this; exquisite clarity of sound, beautifully paced tempi and great... Read more
Published on March 27, 2008 by Dicken
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