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Handel: Orchestral Works [Box Set]
George Frederick Handel, Trevor Pinnock, English Concert
Handel: Orchestral Works [Box Set]
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (19) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #4
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #5
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #6


     
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All Artists: George Frederick Handel, Trevor Pinnock, English Concert
Title: Handel: Orchestral Works [Box Set]
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Archiv Prod Import
Release Date: 11/9/1999
Album Type: Box set, Import
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Concertos, Suites, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750), Symphonies
Number of Discs: 6
SwapaCD Credits: 6
UPC: 028946309421
 

CD Reviews

A fine collection of English Concert Handel
03/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This six disc set encompassing most of Handel's concertos (including the big Op. 3 and Op. 6 sets) consists of recordings made from 1981 to 1984. It's well worth having for the excellent Op. 6 set alone, which was previously available only in the form of three separately-packaged, full-priced CDs. Pinnock and the English Concert play with smoothness and finesse, and the recordings collected here range from very good to excellent. The Royal Fireworks Music, like the Op. 6 set, is on the excellent side; the Op. 3 perhaps less sparkling but never dull or below par. The Water Music was (understandably) a best-seller in its original release. At this kind of price, and with this kind of playing, the English Concert set should be a cornerstone of any Handel-lover's CD collection."
Pinnock Excels in Handel!
Frank Ryan | London, UK | 01/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Oddly, this is currently available (at least in the UK) in two packages and at different prices. Pinnock's style might not be to everyone's taste (you can't please allthe people all the time ...etc), but it is mine. These are generally superb performances of sublime music. I would rank them as my "period" recordings of choice, along with Marriner's on Decca for "non-period". Enjoy!"
Beautifully done
02/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought the third Opus 6 individual disc on a whim, many years ago and soon discovered that it and its two siblings are quite impossible to find. This set at last brings together an excellent volume from the English Concert - all of Handel's orchestral works. Some of them, such as the Op.6, were very hastily written and cast aside; nevertheless they are beautiful. All of it is a refreshing break from the Italian style opera that Handel is known for. The more famous Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks are excellent versions that are worth having too. The performances here are beautifully made on period instruments and possess a combination of fluidity, soul and precision making them very memorable. They may date from the earliest days of all-digital recording but the sound is beyond reproach... The performances are consistent from disc to disc making this a true Volume and not a hurriedly-cut compilation from different eras and orchestras as typically found at lower prices. For anyone that is serious about Handel, this set is excellent value.It has all the perfect balance of English Concert performance and Deutsche Gramophon tonmeister touch. I wish all classical records could be this good."