Concerto Grosso Op. 6/5 HWV 323

Composer: Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)
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Composer: Georg Frideric Handel (b. 1685 - d. 1759)

Performance date: 05/07/2018

Venue: St. Brendan’s Church

Composition Year: 1739

Duration: 00:02:40

Recording Engineer: Ciaran Cullen, RTÉ

Instrumentation Category:Baroque Ensemble

Instrumentation Other: baroque ensemble

Artists: Camerata Øresund (Ida Lorenzen [violin], Tinne Albrechtsen [violin], Alison Luthmers [vioin], Rastko Roknic [viola], Hanna Loftsdóttir [cello], Joakim Peterson [double bass], Dohyo Sol [lute], Magdalena Karolak [oboe], Marcus Mohlin [harpsicord]) - [baroque ensemble]

The captivating fifth movement of Handel’s Op. 6 is an allegro written for full orchestra. The boisterous first subject material is derived from one of Domenico Scarlatti’s Essercizi Gravicembalo sonatas of 1738 followed by repeated semiquaver passage-work over a walking bass reminiscent of the style of Georg Philipp Telemann. Handel however, treats the material in a wholly original way: the virtuoso movement is full of an unmistakable sense of direction, as the discords between the upper parts are eventually resolved. 
The final Menuet, was added later to the concerto grosso. It is not present in the original  manuscript and was perhaps included for balance. It is a more direct reworking of Handel’s Ode to Saint Cecilia and provides a more effective and conclusive way to end the concerto rather than the sparkling fifth movement.