Handel's Memories - A selection from Grand Concertos op. 6 (2011)

Handel

Al Ayre Espanol

Eduardo Lopez Banzo

George Frideric Handel arrived in England towards the end of 1710, encouraged by a group of music lovers excited by the extraordinary success he had achieved with his opera Agrippina in Venice. At the beginning of the 18th century, London was a very prosperous city in need of talent to modernize and revitalize its theatrical performances, and the German musician, who was then at the service of the Elector of Hanover (who would soon be crowned King of Great Britain), was the ideal candidate. 
For many years, Handel was the most acclaimed composer of Italian opera in London, premiering at a rate of one show a year, and managing all aspects related to production, from the orchestra, which became one of the best in Europe, to the singers, with whom he did not always have optimal relationships. In 1733, he had a notorious clash with one of the most famous castrati of the time, Senesino, who founded, with the support of a good portion of the aristocracy, the Opera of the Nobility, determined to rival the German composer. Two Italian opera companies were too much for a city where this genre had seriously declined during the previous decade, hence the considerable losses they both accumulated during consecutive seasons. In 1737, Senesino’s opera closed permanently. Handel, exhausted by excessive work and the constant upsets, became seriously ill.

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Al Ayre Espanol

Al Ayre Español was founded in 1988 by Eduardo López Banzo, in an effort to challenge the pervading clichés that often surrounded the performance of Spanish baroque music at that time. The spirit of the ensemble has always been to refute these clichés with musicological rigour, performance excellence and by striving to insufflate new life to music from the past, thus opening them up to contemporary audiences. The name of the ensemble was inspired by the title of a guitar fugue by the Aragonese composer Gaspar Sanz. 
With the years, Al Ayre Español has become not only a prestigious ensemble, but also a performance philosophy that Eduardo López Banzo has progressively established with his musicians and which is now recognizable, in demand, and widely acclaimed the world over, as bears witness the 2004 Spanish National Music Award, bestowed upon the group by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. 
The fact that Al Ayre Español has not settled for becoming a specialised early music ensemble, but chosen instead to create a musical philosophy “al ayre español” (à la espagnole), has allowed the project to be flexible enough to adapt itself to different formats; as a baroque orchestra –internationally acclaimed by its performances of Handel and Bachand lately, as a classical-romantic orchestra -with opera and concert performances of Haydn and Mozart.

Eduardo Lopez Banzo

Eduardo López Banzo, born in Zaragoza in 1961, is one of the European conductors who has made Historicism his own musical philosophy with the most conviction, in order to bring his musicians closer to the sources and spirit of each composition, which results in the music sounding fresh and innovative to contemporary audiences after so many centuries. 
A harpsichordist by training, he studied in Amsterdam with Gustav Leonhardt, who encouraged him to champion the cause of Spanish baroque music. In 2002 he received the Medal of Honour of the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands for his work in favour of Antonio de Literes, but it was in 2004 that he achieved major success, when Al Ayre Español, the group he had founded in 1988, was awarded the Spanish National Music Prize, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, in recognition to their more than twenty years of musicological rigour and performance excellence. This acknowledgement leads to Al Ayre Español becoming a point of reference for historicist interpretation all across Europe.

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Handel's Memories - A selection from Grand Concertos op. 6 (2011)

Handel

Al Ayre Espanol

    TOM

Een genot om naar te luisteren

    Early Music Review

As fresh and exciting a recording as you would expect from Al Ayre Espanol. A must-have recording.

    Hifi & records

Unbedingt anhören!

    Luister

Het uitstekende Spaanse barokorkest Al Ayre Español, onder aanvoering van klavecinist Eduardo López Banzo, speelt deze selectie van zes van de oorspronkelijke twaalf concerto's met een aanstekelijke energie en finesse. Eén van de hoogtepunten uit het programma is de zeldzaam sierlijke 'Siciliane', het vierde deel van concerto nummer 8. English: The excellent Spanish baroque orchestra 'Al Ayre Español', led by harpsichordist Eduardo López Banzo, plays six of the original twelve concerto's with catchy energy and finesse. One of the highlights of the program is the extremely elegant 'Siciliane' the fourth part of concerto no. 8.

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Handel's Memories - A selection from Grand Concertos op. 6 (2011)

Handel

Al Ayre Espanol

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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major - A tempo giusto
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G majo - Allegro
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major - Adagio
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major - Allegro
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major - Allegro
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor - Allemande
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor - Grave - Andante allegro
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor - Adagio
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor - Siciliana
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor - Allegro
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor - Larghetto e affettuoso
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor - Allegro ma non troppo
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor - Musette
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor - Allegro
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor - Allegro
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor - Ouverture
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor - Air
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor - Allegro
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor - Allegro
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor - Allegro moderato
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major - Ouverture
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major - Presto
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major - Largo
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major - Allegro
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major - Menuet - Un poco larghetto
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major - Andante larghetto, e staccato
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major - Allegro
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major - Largo e staccato
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major - Andante
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Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major - Allegro
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