Martin Gester / Arte dei Suonatori

Handel: Twelve Grand Concertos

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Is the world a smaller place in the twenty first century than it was in the eighteenth century? Consider first that this three-disc set on the Swedish BIS label features the Polish period-instrument ensemble Arte dei Suonatori led by French conductor Martin Gester. Then consider that the music they are performing is the Concerto Grossi, Op. 6, of the German-born, Italian-trained, and English-based composer George Frederick Handel. But though half a dozen European countries are thus represented here, the final impression is of unfettered and unblinkered music-making of the highest order. Gester's conducting is light and lively with clear textures, buoyant tempos, and lucid counterpoint. Arte dei Suonatori's playing is crisp and colorful with a tight ensemble plus brilliant soloists. Together, the French conductor and the Polish orchestra turn in infectious performances of these popular works that rival the best period-instrument performances of the digital era for polish, style, and sheer beauty, and the Swedish label grants them clear, bright, and deep super audio digital sound.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto Grosso in G major, Op.6/1, HWV 319
1 01:36 Amazon
2 01:45 Amazon
3 02:28 Amazon
4 02:29 Amazon
5 03:11 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6/2, HWV 320
6 04:19 Amazon
7 02:21 Amazon
8 02:45 Amazon
9 02:38 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6/3, HWV 321
10 01:16 Amazon
11 01:58 Amazon
12 02:27 Amazon
13 04:31 Amazon
14 01:36 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in A minor, Op.6/4, HWV 322
15 02:59 Amazon
16 03:15 Amazon
17 02:27 Amazon
18 02:59 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.6/5, HWV 323
19 01:36 Amazon
20 02:09 Amazon
21 03:24 Amazon
22 02:18 Amazon
23 02:30 Amazon
24 03:23 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op.6/6, HWV 324
1 03:20 Amazon
2 01:42 Amazon
3 05:07 Amazon
4 03:03 Amazon
5 02:17 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.6/7, HWV 325
6 01:05 Amazon
7 02:50 Amazon
8 02:56 Amazon
9 03:41 Amazon
10 03:16 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op.6/8, HWV 326
11 06:27 Amazon
12 01:46 Amazon
13 01:46 Amazon
14 01:09 Amazon
15 02:53 Amazon
16 01:16 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in F major, Op.6/9, HWV 327
17 01:33 Amazon
18 03:39 Amazon
19 02:25 Amazon
20 01:56 Amazon
21 01:16 Amazon
22 01:59 Amazon
Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.6/10, HWV 328
23 03:48 Amazon
24 03:27 Amazon
25 02:13 Amazon
26 02:44 Amazon
27 02:12 Amazon
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