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AV 2055

Handel: The Six Organ Concertos, Op. 4

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2006

Originally recorded in 2006

Artists:

Peter McCarthy

3 string contrabasso

Matthew Wadsworth

arch lute

Joseph Crouch

cello

Monica Huggett

director and violin 1

Molly Marsh

oboe 1

Hannah McLaughlin

oboe 2

Matthew Halls

solo organ

Katherine McGillivray

viola

Sarah Moffat

violin

Claire Duff

violin

Emilia Benjamin

violin 2

Sonnerie



Venue:

St Silas The Martyr, Kentish Town, London



Producer:

Francois Eckert



Engineer:

Francois Eckert



Record Label
Avie Records

Genre:

Organ


Chamber

Total Time - 71:53
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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

(1685-1759)
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Concerto NO. 4 in F major, HWV 292

14:24  
1 Allegro 3:59
2 Andante 5:28
3 Adagio 1:20
4 Allegro 3:37
   
 

Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, HWB 290

10:04  
5 Sinfonia (AA tempo ordinario e staccato - Adagio) 0:55
6 Allegro 4:31
7 Adagio e staccato 0:44
8 Allegro ma non presto 3:54
   
 

Concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV 291

10:34  
9 Adagio 3:23
10 Allegro 4:06
11 Adagio 0:47
12 Gavotte (Allegro) 2:18
   
 

Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, HWV 294

12:19  
13 Andante allegro 5:59
14 Larghetto - Adagio 3:47
15 Allegro moderato 2:33
   
 

Concerto No. 5 in F major, HWV 293

8:10  
16 Larghetto 2:01
17 Allegro 2:19
18 Alla Siciliana 1:39
19 Presto 2:11
   
 

Concerto No. 1 in G minor, HWV 289

16:22  
20 Larghetto e staccato - Adagio 5:50
21 Allegro 5:30
22 Adagio 1:24
23 Andante 3:38


Monica Huggett and her ensemble Sonnerie scored a hit on Avie with their recording of Handel’s Trio Sonatas, Op. 2 (AV 0033). They continue their traversal of Handel’s chamber works with the Organ Concertos, Op. 4. Matthew Halls is the brilliant soloist who spins out Handel’s endlessly tuneful works with an improvisatory flair that the composer – himself a virtuoso organist – would surely have approved of. Halls was Assistant Organist at New College, Oxford and Director of Music at the University Church before playing harpsichord with the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 1998. Since then he has played with many of Europe’s leading period instrument ensembles, including Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with Tom Koopman, English Baroque Soloists with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and the King’s Consort. As a member of Sonnerie, he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall and at Festivals throughout Europe. Matthew is also active as a conductor and is currently assistant musical director of New Chamber Opera. On this CD, he plays a replica of a Baroque style chamber organ, built by Jaap Fama and Henk Klop, and owned by the Dutch Bach Society.
 


"...To sum up: this is an enthralling and wholly convincing recording of Handel’s organ concertos opus 4, and gives more than just a hint of the genius Handel was."

Johan van Veen

MusicWeb International



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