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  Handel: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - Arte dei Suonatori
  Handel: 12 Concerti Grossi Op. 6

Arte dei Suonatori
Martin Gester (conductor)
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Site review by Geohominid November 16, 2008
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Review by garthoz November 26, 2008 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
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What a delicious experience this set is. The music must rate with Handel's best, the performance is first class and the recording is of a very high standard. I find myself returning to these discs over and over for a refreshing and entertaining experience; I'm confident that any lover of baroque music would be similarly engaged. This is an authentic period performance on period instruments. Any one looking for a sweet, melodic and romantic style presentation will be disappointed. The presentation demands your attention and opinion; you will not be bored. The continuo section comprising double base, and variously harpsichord or organ and the wonderful sounds of the theorbo or archlute. This section is by no means in the background as in some performances on vinyl decades ago, but contibutes up-front to the crispness and intimacy of the sound. One can imagine Mr. Handel himself directing things from the harpsichord or organ. The strings, and notably the violins are suitably bright, steely and free of vibrato.
I have listened only to the multichannel track of this set. The recording is a touch on the bright side but this only complements this style of music. The front/centre channel is quite strong in comparison to all my other SACD's but I welcome this and find that it helps to build up the solidarity of the sound. The rear/surround speakers provide sufficient ambience to give good depth and width to the sound stage.
So this set is a worthy companion to my other baroque SACD treasures, namely, Vivaldi "La Stravaganza" (also Arte Dei Suonatori) and Handel Concerti grossi Op.3 Academy of Ancient Music.

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Review by JJ November 15, 2008 (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
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Händelís Concerti Grossi consist of two series. Opus 3 is made up of seven concertos and opus 6 twelve. They were composed in 1739 over a period of less than a month. ďFruit of a German composer who had traveled to Italy and was living in London,Ē notes musicologist Marc Vignal, ďHändelís Concerti Grossi are essentially, despite respect paid to England, descendants of the glorious line of Torelli and, above all, Corelli, whose concerti grossi opus 6, albeit performed in Rome as early as 1682, were first published in Amsterdam in 1714. In England, Albinoniís opus 2 was first published in 1709, Vivaldiís opus 3 no doubt in 1714, Corelliís opus 6 in 1715, Geminianiís opus 3 around 1732. It is perhaps John Walsh himself, who had become Händelís principal publisher, who asked Händel to add his name to this illustrious family.Ē Listening to the baroque ensemble Arte Dei Suonatori is, as always, a renewed pleasure. And let it be said right off that what makes this remarkable recording well worth the price is, above all, the atypical approach of the musical discourse. Händelís Concerti Grossi as heard on this recording release a perfume of rebirth, which is hardly the case of countless earlier versions. Under the inspired direction of Martin Gester, the musicians of the Arte Dei Suonatori enchant us by the detailed precision of both their articulation as well as the élan of their inflections. Colors are spread before us part of a palette of unique scents. Let there be no doubt that this interpretation of Händelís opus 6 will leave no one indifferent. It may shock some, enthuse others. Our choice is clear.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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George Frideric Handel - Concerti Grossi, HWV 319-330 (Op. 6)