George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Concerto grosso in B-flat Major Op. 3, No. 1 (HWV 312)

  1. 1) I. Allegro

    2.25

  2. 2) II. Largo

    3.53

  3. 3) III. Allegro

    1.21

Concerto grosso in B-flat Major Op. 3, No. 2 (HWV 313)

  1. 4) I. Vivace

    1.37

  2. 5) II. Largo

    2.34

  3. 6) III. Allegro

    1.47

  4. 7) IV. [Moderato]

    1.18

  5. 8) V. [Allegro]

    2.46

Concerto grosso in G Major Op. 3, No. 3 (HWV 314)

  1. 9) I. Largo e staccato

    0.36

  2. 10) II. Allegro

    2.30

  3. 11) III. Adagio

    1.04

  4. 12) IV. Allegro

    3.48

Concerto grosso in F Major Op. 3, No. 4 (HWV 315)

  1. 13) I. Andante – Allegro – Lentamente

    5.57

  2. 14) II. Andante

    2.08

  3. 15) III. Allegro

    1.26

  4. 16) IV. Minuetto alternativo – Minuetto alternativo

    2.29

Concerto grosso in D Minor Op. 3, No. 5 (HWV 316)

  1. 17) I. [Largo]

    1.27

  2. 18) II. Allegro

    2.19

  3. 19) III. Adagio

    1.40

  4. 20) IV. Allegro ma non troppo

    1.30

  5. 21) V. Allegro

    2.33

Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 3, No. 6 (HWV 317)

  1. 22) I. Vivace

    3.14

  2. 23) II. Allegro

    3.16

Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 6, No.1 (HWV 319)

  1. 1) I. A tempo giusto

    1.44

  2. 2) II. Allegro

    1.42

  3. 3) III. Adagio

    2.27

  4. 4) IV. Allegro

    2.28

  5. 5) V. Allegro

    2.56

Concerto grosso in F Major, Op. 6, No. 2 (HWV 320)

  1. 6) I. Andante larghetto

    3.43

  2. 7) II. Allegro

    2.34

  3. 8) III. Largo

    2.17

  4. 9) IV. Allegro, ma non troppo

    2.12

Concerto grosso in E Minor, Op. 6, No. 3 (HWV 321)

  1. 10) I. Larghetto

    1.22

  2. 11) II. Andante

    1.32

  3. 12) III. Allegro

    2.27

  4. 13) IV. Polonaise. Andante

    3.45

  5. 14) V. Allegro, ma non troppo

    1.26

Concerto grosso in A Minor, Op. 6, No. 4 (HWV 322)

  1. 15) I. Larghetto affetuoso

    2.37

  2. 16) II. Allegro

    2.49

  3. 17) III. Largo e piano

    2.11

  4. 18) IV. Allegro

    2.35

Concerto grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 5 (HWV 323)

  1. 19) I. Larghetto e staccato

    1.48

  2. 20) II. Allegro

    2.08

  3. 21) III. Presto

    3.43

  4. 22) IV. Largo

    2.09

  5. 23) V. Allegro

    2.30

  6. 24) VI. Menuet. Un poco larghetto

    2.37

Concerto grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 6 (HWV 324)

  1. 25) I. Largo affetuoso

    3.03

  2. 26) II. A tempo giusto

    1.40

  3. 27) III. Musette. Larghetto

    4.37

  4. 28) IV. Allegro

    2.54

  5. 29) V. Allegro

    2.17

Concerto grosso in B-flat Major Op. 6, No. 7 (HWV 325)

  1. 1) I. Largo

    1.04

  2. 2) II. Allegro

    2.40

  3. 3) III. Largo

    2.45

  4. 4) IV. Andante

    3.32

  5. 5) V. Hornpipe

    3.12

Concerto grosso in C Minor Op. 6, No. 8 (HWV 326)

  1. 6) I. Allemande

    4.30

  2. 7) II. Grave

    1.30

  3. 8) III. Andante allegro

    1.48

  4. 9) IV. Adagio

    1.15

  5. 10) V. Siciliana. Andante

    2.59

  6. 11) VI. Allegro

    1.18

Concerto grosso in F Major Op. 6, No. 9 (HWV 327)

  1. 12) I. Largo

    1.30

  2. 13) II. Allegro

    3.37

  3. 14) III. Larghetto

    2.52

  4. 15) IV. Allegro

    1.57

  5. 16) V. Menuet

    1.23

  6. 17) VI. Gigue. Allegro

    1.53

Concerto grosso in D Minor Op. 6, No. 10 (HWV 328)

  1. 18) I. Ouverture

    3.48

  2. 19) II. Air. Lentement

    2.49

  3. 20) III. Allegro

    2.11

  4. 21) IV. Allegro

    2.54

  5. 22) V. Allegro moderato

    1.33

Concerto grosso in A Major Op. 6, No. 11 (HWV 329)

  1. 23) I. Andante larghetto e staccato

    4.16

  2. 24) II. Allegro

    1.34

  3. 25) III. Largo e staccato

    0.46

  4. 26) IV. Andante

    3.57

  5. 27) V. Allegro

    5.40

Concerto grosso in B Minor Op. 6, No. 12 (HWV 330)

  1. 28) I. Largo

    1.50

  2. 29) II. Allegro

    3.18

  3. 30) III. Aria. Larghetto e piano

    2.52

  4. 31) IV. Largo

    0.40

  5. 32) V. Allegro

    2.11

CD information

BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES OF HANDEL’S MASTERWORKS

Handel’s concerti grossi Op. 3 and Op. 6 are among the most exceptional instrumental music of the baroque age, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin brings out all the brilliance of these delightful works. After three individual releases between 2019 and 2020 that all received rave reviews, PENTATONE now presents these pieces in a three-disc boxset. With their historically-informed and lively playing, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and concertmasters Georg Kallweit (Op.3) and Bernhard Forck (Op. 6) demonstrate why many consider them the best baroque ensemble of today.

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin presented acclaimed recordings of Telemann’s Miriways and Handel’s Messiah in 2020. Their 2019 recording of the first six Handel Op. 6 concerti grossi was hailed as “immaculately played … free of fashionable eccentricities” by The Sunday Times, while Klassik praised the ensemble’s playing as “eloquent”. Their following release with the remainder of the Op. 6 concertos (2020) was singled out by Music Web International for its unprecedented “lightness” and “brightness”, while BBC Music Magazine concluded that the Op. 3 recording “deserves a place in the hall of fame”. The ensemble’s first PENTATONE album, Cantata (2018) with countertenor Bejun Mehta, won a Diapason d’or.

Released physically as a boxset consisting of 3 standard CDs.

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