Christopher Hogwood

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

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

Track Listing - Disc 2

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

Track Listing - Disc 3

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