Thursday, July 23, 2009

Handel - Organ Concertos (DSD master): Christian Schmitt - Nicol Matt - Stuttgart CO

    Artist: Christian Schmitt (at MuehleisenOrgan) - Nicol Matt - Stuttgart CO
    Album:
    Georg Frideric Handel - Organ Concertos (DSD master)
    Released:
    2004
    Label:
    Brilliant Classics
    Catalog N°:
    92605
    Genre:
    Classical, Instrumental
    File Format:
    eac_wv_cue_log, scans complete. 364MB


    01. Nº 1 in G Minor Op. 4/1 - Larghetto e Staccato 05:14

    02. Nº 1 in G Minor Op. 4/1 - Allegro 05:30
    03. Nº 1 in G Minor Op. 4/1 - Adagio 01:08
    04. Nº 1 in G Minor Op. 4/1 - Andante 04:15
    05. Nº 3 in G Minor Op. 4/3 - Adagio 03:50
    06. Nº 3 in G Minor Op. 4/3 - Allegro 03:58
    07. Nº 3 in G Minor Op. 4/3 - Adagio 01:01
    08. Nº 3 in G Minor Op. 4/3 - Allegro 02:31
    09. Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major Op. 4/6 - Andante Allegro (Charlotte Balzereit) 04:18
    10. Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major Op. 4/6 - Larghetto (Charlotte Balzereit) 05:31
    11. Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major Op. 4/6 - Allegro moderato (Charlotte Balzereit) 02:41
    12. Nº 10 in D Minor Op. 7/4 - Adagio 05:39
    13. Nº 10 in D Minor Op. 7/4 - Allegro Cosi Cosi 04:56
    14. Nº 10 in D Minor Op. 7/4 - Organo ad Libitum 00:45
    15. Nº 10 in D Minor Op. 7/4 - Allegro 04:32
    16. Nº 14 in A Major HWV 296A - Largo e Staccato 04:25
    17. Nº 14 in A Major HWV 296A - Organo ad Libitum - Air in A Major HWV 468
    01:21
    18. Nº 14 in A Major HWV 296A - Andante 04:39
    19. Nº 14 in A Major HWV 296A - Grave - Organo ad Libitum 00:36
    20. Nº 14 in A Major HWV 296A - Allegro 06:17

    Handel wrote his organ concertos as an attempt to stave off insolvency when the fickle London audiences turned away from his Italian-style operas. He hit on the idea of inserting an orchestral piece with organ as an interval surprise, and thus invented the organ concerto, with himself as soloist (to save money). Most of these works were put together with borrowings from his own and other composer's tunes, such as Telemann and Muffat. In the days before copyright law, such borrowings were commonplace, and it was considered a challenge for a composer to re-work the music more effectively than its originator.
    A selection of four excellent concertos from Handel's two published volumes are recorded here, by the vastly experienced Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Nicol Matt; in G minor (Op. 4/1) - also known as Alexander's Feast, G minor (Op. 4/3). D minor (Op. 7/4) and the short A major (HWV 296a). The D minor, with its unusual gravely beautiful opening on lower strings digs deeper emotionally than the other pieces, and may well have been related to the mood of its parent opera, which is sadly not known. Additionally, we have the Harp Concerto, the original form of Organ Concerto in B flat major (Op. 4/6).
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