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Handel: Trio Sonatas Op.2 & Op.5

Academy of Ancient Music , Richard Egarr , George Frideric Handel , Pavlo Beznosiuk , Rodolfo Richter , Rachel Brown , Joseph Crouch Audio CD
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  • Performer: Richard Egarr, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Rodolfo Richter, Rachel Brown, Joseph Crouch
  • Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B002HNA940
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Trio sonata for flute/violin, violin & continuo in B minor, Op. 2/1, HWV 386b: Andante - Adagio
2. Trio sonata for flute/violin, violin & continuo in B minor, Op. 2/1, HWV 386b: Allegro ma non troppo
3. Trio sonata for flute/violin, violin & continuo in B minor, Op. 2/1, HWV 386b: Largo
4. Trio sonata for flute/violin, violin & continuo in B minor, Op. 2/1, HWV 386b: Allegro
5. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/2, HWV 387: Andante
6. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/2, HWV 387: Allegro
7. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/2, HWV 387: Largo
8. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/2, HWV 387: Allegro
9. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in B flat major, Op. 2/3, HWV 388: Andante - Adgo.
10. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in B flat major, Op. 2/3, HWV 388: Allegro
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Disc: 2
1. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in A major, Op. 5/1, HWV 396: Andante - Adagio
2. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in A major, Op. 5/1, HWV 396: Allegro - Adagio
3. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in A major, Op. 5/1, HWV 396: Larghetto
4. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in A major, Op. 5/1, HWV 396: Allegro
5. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in A major, Op. 5/1, HWV 396: Gavotte. Allegro
6. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D major, Op. 5/2, HWV 397: Adagio
7. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D major, Op. 5/2, HWV 397: Allegro - Adagio
8. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D major, Op. 5/2, HWV 397: Musette. Andante - Allegro - Musette. Andante
9. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D major, Op. 5/2, HWV 397: Marche
10. Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D major, Op. 5/2, HWV 397: Gavotte. Allegro
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Editorial Reviews

Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music conclude their award-winning cycle with this dazzling traversal of the Trio Sonatas Op. 2 and Op. 5. These works, less frequently heard than much of Handel's output, are brilliantly crafted, exciting, and (above all) fun pieces of chamber music. The Italiante singing style of the melodic writing is both virtuosic and sonorous. Handel took Corelli's 'sonata da chisea' model and with consummate ease, created sparklingly diverse and richly colorful works that are clearly stamped with his own unique stylistic signature.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure for the Handel Lover November 14, 2009
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This superb recording of Handel's Trio sonatas forms the latest, and sadly, the last, of the "Handel Opus Number" series recorded by the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr of the past two years. It has been an excellent run. This series of recordings has set a new benchmark standard for Handel recordings, and each set in the series (see links, below) has been uniformly excellent. It is sad to see the series end, but of course, Handel only wrote so many of these non-vocal pieces during his career (Handel's prodigious output was turned mostly to vocal and oratorio pieces). The AAM has nevertheless taken what Handel wrote and done a masterful job of adding to the Handelian repertoire of recordings by producing a set that will be treasured by all enthusiasts.

The price on these recordings is quite high, but one must remember that this is the price (literally) we must pay in order to see state of the art recordings newly made by the world's best orchestras, and the Academy of Ancient Music, now under Egarr's lead, is certainly among that esteemed list of orchestras. The performances are nothing less than superb, and bring back the memories of the great series of recordings made with Pinnock and Hogwood from the 1970's and 80's. It can be easily seen after listening to these recordings just why the Academy has been the recipient of much praise and awards. These players have reached a level of excellence that clearly places them amongst the top performers to be found anywhere. But the recordings, too, made here by Harmonia Mundi, are also superb. The sonics are excellent, with great dynamic range, imperceptible noise levels, and fantastic orchestral balance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent May 26, 2011
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It has been noted that the price for this two (2)disc Harmonia mundi (USA) recording of the six (6) Trio Sonatas Opus 2 by George Fridereric Handel and the seven (7) Opus 5 Trio Sonatas by the same composer, is a little high; however, you can believe me that this superb recording, is worth whatever price one has to pay for it, The recording exemplifies Handel's creative compositional genius and the works contained therein are played superbly by the academy of Ancient Music with Pavlo Beznosiuk and Rodolfo Richter fabulously playing the violins. Their performances are so "in tune" with wonderful intonation and with keen senses of rhythm. I really adored this recording because all of the Trios are so very melodic with very interesting rhythms plus the works are played marvelously by all involved,.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performances of fascinating music October 13, 2011
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I have many CDs of Handel orchestral music, but this is my current favorite. Over the last year, I've listened to this repeatedly and it gets better each time. The music itself is fascinating and surprisingly varied. Technically, the performances are flawless. More importantly, the performances are very musical and flow beautifully. The recording is also excellent. It doesn't get much better than this for these works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous set November 25, 2012
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This is a fabulous set. Handel's chamber music is far less well known than his vocal and choral works or than his wonderful concerti grossi but it is delightful and of the highest quality. Packed with Handel's genius for melody and harmonic invention, it is among of the best of Baroque chamber music in my view, and these trio sonatas contain some of the best of it.

The performances here are terrific. I have had sets of Op.2 by Sonnerie and Op.5 by L'École d'Orphée for years. Both are excellent and I have loved them dearly, but this set is at least their equal and I may even prefer it. The individual musicians are all outstanding: Richard Egarr and Pavlo Beznosiuk both now have high and well-deserved international reputations, and Rodolfo Richter, Rachel Brown and Joseph Crouch are just as good here. There is an effortless virtuosity about the ensemble and they play with a wonderful poise and understanding both of the music and of each other, bringing out all the subtleties and moods of this varied music and it is simply a joy to listen to. The recorded sound is rich, intimate and beautifully balanced and the presentation and notes are very good.

I am sorry to sound gushing, but I really think this set is something very special. It has given me a huge amount of pleasure and I recommend it very warmly.
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