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The Brook Street ladies rock!,
This review is from: Handel: Trio Sonatas Op. 5 (Audio CD)For those who do not know, the Brook Street Bank consists of four British women who specialize in baroque music. The op. 5 set by Handel is peculiar in many ways. Some of the "trio sonatas" are really five and six-movement suites and not trio sonatas at all as we have come to know them via other composers. Additionally, music in Handel's day was usually sold in sets of three and six so how did op. 5 comes to have seven sonatas? The answer is discussed in the notes. The music is all recycled from many of Handel's earlier works. This, in no way, diminishes the CD.
The BSB play with a sparkle and shimmer that would have made old Handel do a dance himself, if he could. The sense of ensemble is outstanding on these period instruments tuned down to a=415. Intonation is impeccable throughout and the notes, written by the group's cellist, are informative and interesting.
If you have any interest at all in baroque music , get this set. These ladies really rock!