Christopher Hogwood

Handel: 6 Concerti Grossi, Op. 3; 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6

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Handel: 6 Concerti Grossi, Op. 3; 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 Review

by James Leonard

With all the dandy digital recordings of Handel's Concerto Grossi Op. 3 and Opus 6 available, why choose this one made in the late '80s and early '90s with Christopher Hogwood leading the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston with Daniel Stepner, Stanley Ritchie, and Linda Quan starring as the violin soloists? Choosing a recording of Handel's two sets of concertos is, of course, inevitable in the life of any listener: along with Bach's Brandenburgs and Vivaldi's Four Seasons, they form the core repertoire of high Baroque orchestral music. But why choose Hogwood? For one thing, he has a well-deserved reputation as a Handel conductor: his Messiah was lean and muscular, expressive and intense, lyrical and dramatic -- characteristics of these performances as well. For another thing, he has a dedicated band in the Handel & Haydn Society, original instrument players of skill and taste who seem inspired by Hogwood's leadership. For a third thing, the sound of the Avie recording, while not always as clear as it ought to be, is still richly evocative and warmly atmospheric. Should Hogwood be the first choice? Listen, compare, and judge for yourself.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/1, HWV 312
1 Christopher Hogwood 02:36 Amazon
2 Christopher Hogwood 04:07 Amazon
3 Christopher Hogwood 01:25 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.3/2, HWV 313
4 Christopher Hogwood 01:55 Amazon
5 Christopher Hogwood 02:47 Amazon
6 Christopher Hogwood 02:00 Amazon
7 Christopher Hogwood 01:41 Amazon
8 Christopher Hogwood 03:31 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.3/3, HWV 314
9 Christopher Hogwood 00:26 Amazon
10 Christopher Hogwood 02:28 Amazon
11 Christopher Hogwood 01:01 Amazon
12 Christopher Hogwood 03:33 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.3/4a, HWV 315
13 Christopher Hogwood 05:50 Amazon
14 Christopher Hogwood 02:22 Amazon
15 Christopher Hogwood 01:29 Amazon
16 Christopher Hogwood 03:20 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.3/5, HWV 316
17 Christopher Hogwood 01:30 Amazon
18 Christopher Hogwood 02:12 Amazon
19 Christopher Hogwood 01:25 Amazon
20 Christopher Hogwood 01:35 Amazon
21 Christopher Hogwood 02:49 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.3/6, HWV 317
22 Christopher Hogwood 02:46 Amazon
23 Christopher Hogwood 02:13 Amazon
24 Christopher Hogwood 01:52 Amazon
Work(s)
25 Christopher Hogwood 03:30 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.6/1, HWV 319
26 Christopher Hogwood 01:54 Amazon
27 Christopher Hogwood 01:50 Amazon
28 Christopher Hogwood 02:24 Amazon
29 Christopher Hogwood 02:41 Amazon
30 Christopher Hogwood 03:05 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6/2, HWV 320
1 Christopher Hogwood 04:11 Amazon
2 Christopher Hogwood 02:21 Amazon
3 Christopher Hogwood 02:40 Amazon
4 Christopher Hogwood 02:06 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6/3, HWV 321
5 Christopher Hogwood 01:11 Amazon
6 Christopher Hogwood 01:30 Amazon
7 Christopher Hogwood 02:37 Amazon
8 Christopher Hogwood 05:03 Amazon
9 Christopher Hogwood 01:26 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6/4, HWV 322
10 Christopher Hogwood 02:41 Amazon
11 Christopher Hogwood 02:40 Amazon
12 Christopher Hogwood 02:00 Amazon
13 Christopher Hogwood 02:32 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.6/5, HWV 323
14 Christopher Hogwood 01:42 Amazon
15 Christopher Hogwood 02:08 Amazon
16 Christopher Hogwood 03:19 Amazon
17 Christopher Hogwood 01:54 Amazon
18 Christopher Hogwood 02:23 Amazon
19 Christopher Hogwood 03:00 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op.6/6, HWV 324
20 Christopher Hogwood 03:07 Amazon
21 Christopher Hogwood 01:34 Amazon
22 Christopher Hogwood 05:05 Amazon
23 Christopher Hogwood 02:52 Amazon
24 Christopher Hogwood 02:19 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.6/7, HWV 325
25 Christopher Hogwood 01:01 Amazon
26 Christopher Hogwood 02:31 Amazon
27 Christopher Hogwood 02:51 Amazon
28 Christopher Hogwood 04:01 Amazon
29 Christopher Hogwood 03:12 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op.6/8, HWV 326
1 Christopher Hogwood 04:50 Amazon
2 Christopher Hogwood 01:15 Amazon
3 Christopher Hogwood 01:51 Amazon
4 Christopher Hogwood 01:02 Amazon
5 Christopher Hogwood 03:17 Amazon
6 Christopher Hogwood 01:23 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6/9, HWV 327
7 Christopher Hogwood 01:37 Amazon
8 Christopher Hogwood 03:39 Amazon
9 Christopher Hogwood 03:19 Amazon
10 Christopher Hogwood 01:48 Amazon
11 Christopher Hogwood 01:30 Amazon
12 Christopher Hogwood 02:00 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.6/10, HWV 328
13 Christopher Hogwood 03:30 Amazon
14 Christopher Hogwood 02:55 Amazon
15 Christopher Hogwood 02:28 Amazon
16 Christopher Hogwood 02:45 Amazon
17 Christopher Hogwood 01:48 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in A major, Op.6/11, HWV 329
18 Christopher Hogwood 04:36 Amazon
19 Christopher Hogwood 01:36 Amazon
20 Christopher Hogwood 00:25 Amazon
21 Christopher Hogwood 04:24 Amazon
22 Christopher Hogwood 05:45 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op.6/12, HWV 330
23 Christopher Hogwood 02:01 Amazon
24 Christopher Hogwood 02:56 Amazon
25 Christopher Hogwood 03:27 Amazon
26 Christopher Hogwood 00:51 Amazon
27 Christopher Hogwood 02:00 Amazon
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