Organ Concertos Op.4

Handel, George Frideric (1685–1759)

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr director & organ

Year: 2008
Catalogue: HMU 807446 (hybrid CD/SACD)

Awards

Winner of the 2009 Edison Award

Winner of the 2009 MIDEM Award

Shortlisted for the 2008 Gramophone Award for instrumental music

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About this album

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 uses for this recording.

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