Handel: Water Music; Organ Concerto in D minor; Organ Concerto in F (Cuckoo and the Nightingale)

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COMPOSERS: Handel
LABELS: Teldec
WORKS: Water Music; Organ Concerto in D minor; Organ Concerto in F (Cuckoo and the Nightingale)
PERFORMER: Herbert Tachezi (organ)Concentus Musicus Wien/ Nikolaus Harnoncourt
CATALOGUE NO: 4509-93668-2 ADD/DDD (1974/78/85)
Authentic performance was still vaguely taboo when Harnoncourt’s grandiloquent yet scholarly account of the Water Music originally appeared in 1978. Now reissued, it’s a welcome addition to an oversubscribed and multifaceted field, still maintaining its ground in the face of most competition. As a bonus, Herbert Tachezi plays two of Handel’s most familiar organ concertos. Throughgoing and convincingly authoritative readings; sound quality is variable, yet entirely adequate. Michael Jameson

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