Concerti Grossi Opus 3 (2005)

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Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Jan Willem de Vriend

 

In the first decades of the eighteenth century, London was one of the most important European music centres.
There was a rich courtly life as well as a great deal of music-making among the bourgeoisie. Just like Amsterdam, London was a hub of music pub- lishers and instrument builders. London’s musical life had a strong Italian orientation. It was mainly the Italian composers who were suc- cessful there, especially Arcangelo Corelli. Although his oeuvre is lim- ited to instrumental music and only has six opus numbers, his influence was considerable. For example, the London-based Italian Francesco Geminiani made orchestral arrange- ments of Corelli’s violin sonatas opus 5. Geminiani’s Concerti grossi opus
1 and Corelli’s own Concerti grossi opus 6 were published in many differ- ent arrangements.
Born in Halle, Germany, composer George Frideric Handel started in his hometown as an organist, and settled more or less permanently in London in 1717. By then he already had a career in Italy, where he was very suc- cessful as a young composer and kept company with the likes of Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti. Handel saw himself primarily as a composer of vocal music. He had written several operas, which had been performed to much acclaim in Italy and Germany. His first opera, Almira, which has Italian as well as German arias and recitatives, was premiered as early as 1705 in Hamburg. In Italy he learned a great deal about opera from Alessandro Scarlatti, and audiences in that country were wildly enthusiastic about his operas. 

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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 Opus 3 (2005)

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Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

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Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: MCO, Hilversum, The Netherlands
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 1 in B Flat Major - I. Allegro
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 1 in B Flat Major - II. Largo
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 1 in B Flat Major - III. Allegro
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 2 in B Flat Major - I. Vivace
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 2 in B Flat Major - II. Largo
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 2 in B Flat Major - III. Allegro
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 2 in B Flat Major - IV. Moderato
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 2 in B Flat Major - V. Allegro
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 3 in G Major - I. Largo e Staccato
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 3 in G Major - II. Allegro
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 3 in G Major - III. Adagio
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 3 in G Major - IV. Allegro
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 4 in F Major - I. Andante - Allegro Lentamente
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 4 in F Major - II. Andante
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 4 in F Major - III. Allegro
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 4 in F Major - IV. Minuetto
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 5 in D Minor - I. (Largo)
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 5 in D Minor - II. Allegro
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 5 in D Minor - III. Adagio
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 5 in D Minor - IV. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 5 in D Minor - V. Allegro
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 6 in D Major - I. Vivace
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 6 in D Major - II. Cadenza
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Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 6 in D Major - III. Allegro
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