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Reviews: Handel: Concerti Grossi Op. 3 - Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

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Review by brenda July 12, 2005 (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
This is an excellent disc that it would be hard not to enjoy. The Concerti are some of Handel's most varied, if not always "deepest" works. Instrumental combinations change for every concerto, though with oboe nearly always prominent, along with violin and organ, and Handel varies the number and style of movements in each concerto too.

The playing is lively, elegant and polished. If I miss just the last ounce of joyousness, that's me being picky, as the playing is never less than highly capable (to the point of virtuosity), stylish and well sprung. The largos and adagios are as limpid and lovely as you could expect, though overall tempi are quite brisk.

The recording is pure DSD and sounds it, - indeed, it's nearly a nearly ideal compromise for those who like either close or distant, as it's not too much of either. If anything, it is closer than i usually like but it's never too close or insistent or tiring. Individual instruments are always well presented but in a coherent and natural sound stage. The sound is as bright as the performances but never too bright. The rear speakers carry mainly ambient information, nothing too tricksy, but help create a nice and impressive listenting space whilst still being immediate.

In sum, maybe not quite a Rosette, but easily five stars for both performance and sound.

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