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Handel : Concerti a due cori

Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Müllejans

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It was for the occasion of the Covent Garden premiere of his oratorio Joshua in 1748, that Handel composed – or rather arranged – the first of his three Concerti a due cori (« Cori » does not mean here a vocal group, but two instrumental groups – two oboes, two horns, and one bassoon each, a total of ten soloists – answering to each other on the playing grounds provided by the strings), namely the HWV 332. At that time, it was customary to lighten up performances of the largest compositions, especially oratorios, with a sprinkling of instrumental pieces. But as Handel was a busy man and a businessman, and producing so much music so fast was no easy feat. This accounts for the fact that so many of his instrumental pieces are in fact recyclings – transcriptions, reorchestrations, transcriptions, according to what was available and requested – of earlier works, mostly his own, sometimes that of fellow composers – who would not necessarily be informed of the pillage. In the case of Concerto a due cori No. 1, Handel plundered a handful of his own operas and oratorios.

The second of Handel's Concerti a due cori, HWV 333, written around the beginning of 1747, was premiered at Covent Garden in 1748 as part of a huge musical banquet, the main course of which was the brand new oratorio Alexander Balus. Here, the composer drew from some of his own English oratorios: Esther and Messiah, the latter still quite unknown. The wind groups take over melodic lines given to singers in the original choral versions of the adapted music. The third Concerto, HWV 334, contains mostly brand new music – yes! – even though the first movement is reworked in part from Handel's so-called Fitzwilliam Overture, for two clarinets and horn, while the concluding Allegro, with its brilliant and difficult horn writing, is a rewrite of a hunting aria from his own opera Partenope. For this recording, the Freiburger Barockorchester has added a twist: each soloist group is accompanied by its own string ensemble, thus creating a higly energetic stereo effect. One orchestra is conducted (from the violin) by Gottfried von der Goltz, the other – also from the Konzertmeister position – by Petra Müllejans. © SM/Qobuz

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Concerto a due cori in F Major, HWV 334 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

1
I. Ouverture
00:01:41

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

2
II. Allegro
00:02:46

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

3
III. Allegro ma non troppo
00:03:08

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

4
IV. Adagio
00:02:25

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

5
V. Andante larghetto
00:03:23

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

6
VI. Allegro
00:04:18

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

Concerto a due cori in B-Flat Major, HWV 332 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

7
I. Ouverture
00:01:24

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

8
II. Allegro ma non troppo
00:02:16

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

9
III. Allegro
00:02:31

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

10
IV. Largo
00:02:29

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

11
V. A tempo ordinario
00:01:36

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

12
VI. Alle breve moderato
00:02:21

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

13
VII. Minuet
00:02:13

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

Concerto a due cori in F Major, HWV 333 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

14
I. Pomposo
00:01:46

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

15
II. Allegro
00:01:57

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

16
III. A tempo giusto
00:02:52

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

17
IV. Largo
00:02:13

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

18
V. Allegro ma non troppo
00:03:48

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

19
VI. A tempo ordinario
00:03:26

Freiburger Barockorchester - Gottfried von der Goltz & Petra Müllejans, Concertmeister & Violin - Georg Friedrich Händel, Composer

harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

Album Description

It was for the occasion of the Covent Garden premiere of his oratorio Joshua in 1748, that Handel composed – or rather arranged – the first of his three Concerti a due cori (« Cori » does not mean here a vocal group, but two instrumental groups – two oboes, two horns, and one bassoon each, a total of ten soloists – answering to each other on the playing grounds provided by the strings), namely the HWV 332. At that time, it was customary to lighten up performances of the largest compositions, especially oratorios, with a sprinkling of instrumental pieces. But as Handel was a busy man and a businessman, and producing so much music so fast was no easy feat. This accounts for the fact that so many of his instrumental pieces are in fact recyclings – transcriptions, reorchestrations, transcriptions, according to what was available and requested – of earlier works, mostly his own, sometimes that of fellow composers – who would not necessarily be informed of the pillage. In the case of Concerto a due cori No. 1, Handel plundered a handful of his own operas and oratorios.

The second of Handel's Concerti a due cori, HWV 333, written around the beginning of 1747, was premiered at Covent Garden in 1748 as part of a huge musical banquet, the main course of which was the brand new oratorio Alexander Balus. Here, the composer drew from some of his own English oratorios: Esther and Messiah, the latter still quite unknown. The wind groups take over melodic lines given to singers in the original choral versions of the adapted music. The third Concerto, HWV 334, contains mostly brand new music – yes! – even though the first movement is reworked in part from Handel's so-called Fitzwilliam Overture, for two clarinets and horn, while the concluding Allegro, with its brilliant and difficult horn writing, is a rewrite of a hunting aria from his own opera Partenope. For this recording, the Freiburger Barockorchester has added a twist: each soloist group is accompanied by its own string ensemble, thus creating a higly energetic stereo effect. One orchestra is conducted (from the violin) by Gottfried von der Goltz, the other – also from the Konzertmeister position – by Petra Müllejans. © SM/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recorded October 2014, Teldex Studio Berlin (Germany)

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