Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque Complete Handel's Opus 6 Concerti Grossi with Nos. 7 - 12
As the old saying goes, “good things are worth waiting for.” And when it comes to baroque orchestral music, there’s nothing better than Handel’s Opus 6 – a set of twelve brilliant, inventive concerti grossi. Telarc released the first half of that set in Boston Baroque and director Martin Pearlman’s virtuosic and insightful readings in 1992. Now, Boston Baroque and the prestigious classical label proudly complete Opus 6 with the release of concerti Nos. 7 through 12.
The first half of Handel's Op. 6 – Nos. 1 through 6 – marked Boston Baroque's debut release with Telarc, and American Record Guide hailed the recording as “…full of imagination and resourcefulness, bringing pungent new personality to these pieces.” Gramophone wrote “…meticulously prepared…enlivened by spirited and warmly coloured playing…I shall look forward to the sequel.” And CD Review welcomed Boston Baroque as “a world class member of the original instruments club.”
One of the most beloved of all classical composers, Handel began composing this set of twelve concerti grossi in 1739, immediately after finishing his Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day. Writing as he often did at lightning speed, he completed the entire set within the astonishing space of one month—an average of one concerto every 2 1/2 to 3 days.