Jan Willem de Vriend / Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6

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This triple SACD set of George Frederick Handel's Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, is an exquisite offering of Baroque music at its best, as well as an excellent demonstration of the principles of historical practices. Jan Willem de Vriend leads the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam in authentic period style performances, and the ensemble scintillates with the bright sonorities of 18th century winds, strings, and continuo, produced by some of the Netherlands' finest musicians. De Vriend leads from the violins, and the soloists are regular members of the consort, so there is a unity of purpose and a consistency of playing style that come from long association in the group. This is particularly critical in the concerto grosso form, for the separation of the concertino and the ripieno is not especially great, and interchanges between the groups are trade-offs of material, rather than dramatic contrasts of musical content. The playing is uniformly clean and precise, and the reproduction is crystal clear, so every note is audible. The 12 concerti grossi are presented in numerical order and divided equally over the three SACDs, so the presentation is straightforward. Anyone looking for a place to turn after hearing Handel's Water Music or the Music for the Royal Fireworks should consider trying Op. 6, and this recording is an admirable choice.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Concerto grosso in G major, Op. 6/1, HWV 319
1 1:46
2 1:49
3 2:23
4 2:33
5 3:05
Concerto grosso in F major, Op. 6/2, HWV 320
6 3:24
7 2:25
8 2:11
9 2:21
Concerto grosso in E minor, Op. 6/3, HWV 321
10 1:16
11 1:37
12 2:29
13 4:13
14 1:28
Concerto grosso in A minor, Op. 6/4, HWV 322
15 2:28
16 2:53
17 2:06
18 2:43

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Concerto grosso in D major, Op. 6/5, HWV 323
1 2:08
2 2:07
3 3:29
4 2:10
5 2:31
6 2:36
Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6/6, HWV 324
7 2:59
8 1:36
9 4:41
10 2:52
11 2:11
Concerto grosso in B flat major, Op. 6/7, HWV 325
12 1:12
13 2:39
14 2:43
15 3:52
16 3:12
Concerto grosso in C minor, Op. 6/8, HWV 326
17 6:22
18 1:33
19 1:42
20 1:02
21 3:14
22 1:19

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Concerto grosso in F major, Op. 6/9, HWV 327
1 1:31
2 3:29
3 2:42
4 2:01
5 1:06
6 1:59
Concerto grosso in D minor, Op. 6/10, HWV 328
7 3:50
8 3:07
9 2:06
10 2:54
11 1:45
Concerto grosso in A major, Op. 6/11, HWV 329
12 4:00
13 1:41
14 0:33
15 3:56
16 6:05
Concerto grosso in B minor, Op. 6/12, HWV 330
17 1:55
18 2:51
19 2:23
20 0:38
21 1:57
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