Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music - Handel - Organ Concertos, Op. 7 - 2009 (SACD-R, ISO)

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music – Handel – Organ Concertos, Op. 7 – 2009 (SACD-R, ISO)

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music
Conductor: Richard Egarr
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 2 SACD-R
Format: ISO
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.0, 2.0
Label: Harmonia Mundi
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Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music
Handel: Organ Concertos, Op. 7

Disc 1:

Orgelkonzert B-dur op. 7 Nr. 1 HWV 306
01. Andante 05:29
02. Andante 04:00
03. Largo e piano 03:31
04. Bourée: Allegro 02:37

Orgelkonzert A-dur op. 7 Nr. 2 HWV 307
05. Improvised Voluntary 01:06
06. Ouverture – A tempo ordinario 06:34
07. Organo ad libitum 02:22
08. Allegro 06:36

Orgelkonzert B-dur op. 7 Nr. 3 HWV 308
09. Andante 05:31
10. Organo (Adagio e Fuga) ad libitum 02:30
11. Spiritoso 04:19
12. Menuet (A) 02:01
13. Menuet (B) 01:30

Orgelkonzert d-moll op. 7 Nr. 4 HWV 309
14. Adagio 04:45
15. Allegro 04:19
16. Organo ad libitum 01:51
17. Allegro 03:58

Disc 2:

Orgelkonzert g-moll op. 7 Nr. 5 HWV 310
01. Allegro ma non troppo, e staccato 03:12
02. Andante larghetto, e staccato 05:18
03. Menuet 01:58
04. Gavotte 01:57

Orgelkonzert B-dur op. 7 Nr. 6 HWV 311
05. Pomposo 03:28
06. Air Lentement 03:28
07. Air, a tempo ordinario 01:39
08. Chaconne F-dur HWV 485 05:36
09. Fuge g-moll HWV 264 04:07
10. Chaconne g-moll HWV 442 17:26
11. Larghetto 02:35

Orgelkonzert F-dur HWV 295 ‘Der Kuckuck und die Nachtigall’
12. Allegro 03:49
13. Organo ad libitum 03:12
14. Larghetto 03:06
15. Allegro 03:25

Handel’s last great published set of instrumental concertos arrived posthumously in 1761. Played here on a chamber organ with real-time improvisations & enlarged continuo support, these magnificent concertos (including the beloved ‘The Cuckoo & the Nightingale’) show Handel at his glorious & compositional best, & allow a concentrated view of his style from the last 20 years of his life.

SA-CD.net review by JJ December 9, 2009:
For Handel, the organ was not 1 of his most favorite instruments, for as rightly underlines Michel Roubinet, “Besides the 4 concertos for organ & orchestra, he only composed specifically for the organ just 1 group of 6 fugues: that is very little for a composer who was particularly prolific & had had a solid education as an organist. Furthermore, the craftsmanship of the English organ was still far from that that had been attained on the continent, & most notably in his native Germany (the pedal would appear in England relatively late, 1st with coupled pedal, then much later played independently): the instrument at his disposal in his time must have seemed very insufficient.” Published in 1761, after the composer’s death, Opus 7 is here interpreted with a chamber organ. For the rest, the “Chaconnes” in F major HWV 485 & in G major HWV 442, as well as the “Fugue in G minor HWV 264 are played on the harpsichord. Richard Egarr & the Academy of Ancient Music repeat their performance of Opus 4 (see Opus HD N°40), & once again conjure us by an inventive & penetrating approach, wherein the music resonates as it does rarely in these works. Here is high quality wine that the multicanal perfectly transcends both musically & sonically.
~Jean-Jacques Millo (Translation Lawrence Schulman)

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