Thursday, June 1, 2017

George Frideric Handel - Concerti Grossi Op. 6, Nos. 9-12 (Trevor Pinnock)


Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • (01-06) Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6, No. 9, HWV 327
  • (07-11) Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 6, No. 10, HWV 328
  • (12-16) Concerto Grosso in A major, Op. 6, No. 11, HWV 329
  • (17-21) Concerto Grosso in B minor, Op. 6, No. 12, HWV 330

The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock, conductor
Date: 1982
Label: Deutsche Grammophon



This release of Handel's Concerti grossi, Op. 6 Nos. 9-12 completes the CD issue transferred from the original three LP set. Readers will know that, apart from a small number of quibbles, I have been enthusiastic about The English Concert's performances of Handel's finest set of concertos. Trevor Pinnock and his players are fastidious in matter of detail and I find these readings well thought out, effectively phrased and very well played. The Overture of the Tenth Concerto, beautifully poised and with a nicely judged tempo, is one movement which shows off some of the strongest elements in these performances; the bustling vigour of the penultimate Allegro of the same concerto is another, whilst the captivating little D major Allegro moderato, which ends the same work, is pleasingly light-footed. There Pinnock captures the dance-like spirit of the piece with affection.

Recorded sound is clear and fairly resonant throughout, but that goes, too, for the LPs. Both versions, and indeed a third on cassette, can be warmly recommended.

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone

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George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 (O.S.) [(N.S.) 5 March] – 14 April 1759) was a German-born, British Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos. He is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, with extremely popular works such as Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks and Messiah. His music was strongly influenced both by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition.


Trevor Pinnock (born 16 December 1946) is an English harpsichordist and conductor. He is best known for his association with the period-performance orchestra The English Concert which he helped found and directed from the keyboard for over 30 years in baroque and early classical music. Since his resignation from The English Concert in 2003, Pinnock has continued his career as a conductor, appearing with major orchestras and opera companies around the world.  He has also performed and recorded as a harpsichordist in solo and chamber music.


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