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Handel: Keyboard Concertos-No 13, 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale', HWV295; No 14, HWV296; No 15, HWV304; No 16, HWV305a

Magazine article Gramophone

Handel: Keyboard Concertos-No 13, 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale', HWV295; No 14, HWV296; No 15, HWV304; No 16, HWV305a

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Handel Keyboard Concertos--No 13, 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale', HWV295; No 14, HWV296; No 15, HWV304; No 16, HWV305a Matthias Kirschnereit pf Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss / Lavard Skou Larsen CPO [F] [SACD] CP0777 854-2 (56' * DDD/DSD)

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Chronologically, these four concertos come between the first set of concertos published in 1738 as Op 4 (Nos 1-6) and the third set published in 1761 as Op 7 (Nos 7-12). In between came a second set of six (HWV295-300), published in 1740, of which only the first two were designed by Handel as organ concertos, for the remaining four were arrangements by an unknown hand of concerti grossi from Op 6. These are sometimes referred to as Nos 13-18. Nos 15-18 of this set are not included here. Instead, we have the two independent concertos (HWV3 04 and 305/ar) which are also sometimes known as Nos 15 and 16. Are you still with me?

As with the earlier disc from the same forces, which I had the pleasure of reviewing in February, this is music-making with a smile on its face, even if only No 13, The Cuckoo and the Nightingale, is on an equal level of inspiration with anything from the Opp 4 and 7 sets. …

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