In the 1730s Handel was prepared to try any novelty in order to remain at the centre of the musical scene in London. This is what prompted him to interpolate concertos for organ, with himself as soloist, in performances of his oratorios. Their considerable success soon led to the publication of a whole set of such concertos: it is this edition, corrected with great care by the composer himself, that Richard Egarr used for the present recording.
“These elegant and characterful performances are simply too good to miss.” - International Record Review
"Egarr gives wonderful, insightful...performances.
The whole production, from Egarr's notes to the vibrant performances, has an air of good spirits and ensemble camaraderie, a situation that Handel himself certainly would have envied." - ClassicsToday.com
"The orchestra (which
Mr. Egarr conducts from the keyboard) finds the bucolic heart of the composer as only an English group can." - Dallas Morning News
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