Concerti grossi op. 6 (2012)

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Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Jan Willem de Vriend

Because George Frideric Handel meticulously dated the manuscripts of his concertos, we know that they were completed in September and October of 1739, as shown in the list below. HWV refers to the thematicsystematic catalogue of Handel’s work, the Händel-Werke-Verzeichnis, and Walsh to the first edition, of 1740. The often very close dates of completion give rise to astonishment at how quickly Handel composed the respective concertos. In some cases, however, the proximity of the dates is misleading because Handel borrowed from his own (and others’) work. In today’s terminology, we might speak of “recycling” – a practice Johann Sebastian Bach also employed throughout his life.
This borrowing was applied with varying degrees of exactitude. In some cases, the music is identical: the first movement (a tempo giusto) of Concerto No. 1 to the third movement of the Sinfonia from the Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62; the fourth (Allegro) and fifth (Menuet) movements of Concerto No. 9 to the second and third parts of the Overture for the opera Imeneo, HWV 41, composed a year earlier. Elsewhere, it varies from showing only slight changes (such as the second movement of Concerto No. 5 and the second part of the overture of the Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76) to being radically altered, such as the sixth movement (Menuet) of Concerto No. 5 and the third part of the previously named overture. Other times there is not much similarity except for the beginning of a given theme, after which the pieces simply go their own way: the second movement (a tempo giusto) of Concerto No. 6 equals the chorus “They Are Brought Down” from the Chandos Anthem, no. 10, HWV 255. But the typical, chromatically descending beginning (incidentally, marvellously suited for fugal treatment), remaining with this thematic material, could already be heard in the much earlier arioso “Alla Salma in fedel” from the solo cantata La Lucrezia: Oh Numi eterni, HWV 145.

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Jan Willem de Vriend

Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to having served as concertmaster with various ensembles, De Vriend developed a career as a conductor with several orchestras both in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy Germany, Sweden, as well as China and Australia. Opera conducting has come to play a significant role. He has led Combattimento Consort Amsterdam in unknown operas by Gassmann, Rameau, Heinchen and Haydn, among others, as well as familiar operas by such composers as Monteverdi, Handel, Rossini and Mozart. For the opera houses of Lucern, Strasbourg, Barcelona and Enschede, he has conducted operas by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and others.
He was invited by the Stanislavsky Theatre of Moscow to conduct an opera by Handel.

De Vriend was awarded the Dutch Radio 4 Prize of the year 2012. The Radio 4 Prize is awarded to a musician (or ensemble or institution) who has distinguished himself in bringing classical music to a broad public.

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Founded in 1982 by violinist Jan Willem de Vriend, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam developed into a close-knit ensemble specialising in music from 1600-1800. The musicians' wish not to focus solely on the standard repertoire resulted in many interesting programmes featuring remarkable and little-known works, some of which were only available in manuscript. The performance of these compositions in conjunction with more familiar works proved to be refreshing and inspiring to listeners and performers alike.

Over the years the ensemble gave many memorable concerts and operatic performances including Handel’s Rodelinda, Alcina, also by Handel, and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, in collaboration with De Nationale Reisopera.
In September 2002 the ensemble made its debut at the Early Music Holland Festival in Utrecht, giving two performances of Rameau's opera Platée in a co-production with Onafhankelijk Toneel and the Nationale Reisopera.

In addition to numerous concerts in the Netherlands, the Combattimento Consort also appeared in various European countries and in venues outside of Europe. Successful tours in the United States, Japan and South America have always been attracting attention in national and international media.
Concerts often had solo performances by members of the ensemble, but the Combattimento Consort also worked with great performers such as Barbara Bonney, Andreas Scholl and Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Thomas Zehetmair and Sabine Meyer as well as joining forces with Collegium Vocale Gent and other groups.

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Concerti grossi op. 6 (2012)

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Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 1 in G major HWV 319- I. A tempo guisto
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 1 in G major HWV 319- II. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 1 in G major HWV 319- III. Adagio
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 1 in G major HWV 319- IV. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 1 in G major HWV 319- V. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 2 in F major HWV 320- I. Andante larghetto
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 2 in F major HWV 320- II. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 2 in F major HWV 320- III. Largo
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 2 in F major HWV 320- IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 3 in e minor HWV 321- I. Larghetto
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 3 in e minor HWV 321- II. Andante
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 3 in e minor HWV 321- III. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 3 in e minor HWV 321- IV. Polonaise- Andante
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 3 in e minor HWV 321- V. Allegro, ma non troppo
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 4 in a minor HWV 322- I. Largo affetuoso
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 4 in a minor HWV 322- II. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 4 in a minor HWV 322- III. Largo epiano
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 4 in a minor HWV 322- IV. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 5 in D major HWV323- I. [Larghetto e staccato]
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 5 in D major HWV323- II. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 5 in D major HWV323- III. Presto
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 5 in D major HWV323- IV. Largo
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 5 in D major HWV323- V. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 5 in D major HWV323- VI. Menuet- Un poco larghetto
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 6 in g minor HWV 324- I. Larghetto affettuoso
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 6 in g minor HWV 324- II. A tempo giusto
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 6 in g minor HWV 324- III. Musette- Larghetto
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 6 in g minor HWV 324- IV. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 6 in g minor HWV 324- V. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 7 in B-flat major HWV 325- I. Largo
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 7 in B-flat major HWV 325- II. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 7 in B-flat major HWV 325- III. Largo
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 7 in B-flat major HWV 325- IV. Andante
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 7 in B-flat major HWV 325- V. Hornpipe
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 8 in c minor HWV 326- I. Allemande
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 8 in c minor HWV 326- II. Grave
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 8 in c minor HWV 326- III. Andante allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 8 in c minor HWV 326- IV. Adagio
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 8 in c minor HWV 326- V. Siciliana- Andante
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 8 in c minor HWV 326- VI. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 9 in F major HWV 327- I. Largo
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 9 in F major HWV 327- II. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 9 in F major HWV 327- III.Larghetto
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 9 in F major HWV 327- IV. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 9 in F major HWV 327- V. Menuet
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 9 in F major HWV 327- VI. Gigue- Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 10 in d minor HWV 328- I. Ouverture - Allegro - Lentement
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 10 in d minor HWV 328- II. Air- Lentement
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 10 in d minor HWV 328- III. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 10 in d minor HWV 328- IV. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 10 in d minor HWV 328- V. Allegro moderato
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 11 in A major HWV 329- I. Andante larghetto e staccato
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 11 in A major HWV 329- II. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 11 in A major HWV 329- III. Largo e staccato
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 11 in A major HWV 329- IV. Andante
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 11 in A major HWV 329- V. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 12 in b minor HWV 330- I. Largo
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 12 in b minor HWV 330- II. Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 12 in b minor HWV 330- III. Aria- Larghetto e piano
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 12 in b minor HWV 330- IV. Largo
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Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 12 in b minor HWV 330- V. Allegro
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