Al Ayre Español

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

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Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917254822
Catnr: CC 72548
Release date: 18 May 2012
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Challenge Classics
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0608917254822
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CC 72548
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18 May 2012
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Something new and something borrowed. In the days that Handel lived, it was common to use an existing melody and make it your own. Handel's Grand Concertos contains a surprising quantity of newly composed material, as well as some borrowings, such as the memories or musical anecdotes, written with intense lyricism and certain sentimentality, previously absent from his instrumental music.
His “operatic” Concerto No. 8, written in the ill-natured, though also lovely, tonality of C minor, is one of the most dramatic in the collection, and concurrently possesses one of the most interesting structures. It starts with a movement based on the main motif of an allemande – “a German piece” – by Johann Mattheson, published in his Pièces de clavecin (London, 1714, the same year as Corelli’s concerts).

The Componimenti Musicali by Gottlieb Theophil Muffat, with whom the German composer exchanged music during the 1730s, provide Handel with some ideas from which he builds formidable orchestral movements in these concertos. “He takes other men's pebbles and polishes them into diamonds”, the British composer William Boyce used to say of him. It could not be more true when we observe the use Handel makes of these and other loans. Al Ayre Espanol with this performance makes us aware of the sheer beauty of this music, which always turns into gold in the hands of master Handel: new or borrowed. Grand concertos grandly performed!
Händels meesterwerken met Spaanse verve uitgevoerd door het ensemble Al Ayere Español
In de dagen van Georg Friedrich Händel was het gewoon om bestaande melodieën te gebruiken en je deze eigen te maken. Händel deed dat met de muziek van zijn bevriende collega-componisten. De Britse componist William Boyce zei daarover: "Hij neemt de kiezelstenen van een ander en polijst ze tot diamanten." Dat gebeurde ook met Händels Grand Concertos. Maar naast geleend materiaal, zoals de muzikale herinneringen uit zijn vroegere instrumentale composities, bevat de selectie op dit album een verrassende hoeveelheid nieuwe stukken. “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.” Rene de Cocq, Luister, september 2012.

'Maak muziek op de Spaanse manier', dat is waar Al Ayre Español voor staat. Eduardo López Banzo, geboren in Zaragoza in Spanje, richtte het ensemble op in 1988. Dit deed hij na zijn studie in Amsterdam, bij de Nederlandse klavecinist, dirigent en musicoloog Gustav Leonardt. López Banzo richt zich niet alleen op de Spaanse barokmuziek met zijn rijke en ingewikkelde ritmes, maar kijkt ook naar de barok uit andere culturen. Zijn doel: deze oude muziek nieuw leven inblazen en toegankelijker maken voor het moderne publiek. De stijl van Händel past bij Eduardo López Banzo en zijn ensemble. Met hun passie laten zij de instrumenten zingen, iets wat Händel deugd zou doen. Al Ayre Español bespeelt inmiddels alle grote podia van de wereld.

De Duitse Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) was een barokcomponist van dramatische muziek. In hetzelfde jaar geboren als Johann Sebastian Bach, werd hij gezien als een van de grootste componisten van zijn tijd. In tegenstelling tot Bach, kwam Händel niet uit een muzikale familie. Zijn vader werkte aan het hof van Saksen-Weißenfels. Daar bleef Händels talent niet onopgemerkt en werd er op aangedrongen de jonge Georg een muziekstudie te laten volgen. Na omzwervingen in Duitsland en Italië, kwam Händel uiteindelijk in Londen terecht, waar het 'Handel' zonder umlaut werd. Hij componeerde er zijn beroemde Water Music voor een pleziertochtje van Koning George I op de Theems. De muziekkapel speelde, terwijl de bootjes op de rivier dreven. In Londen leed Händel een voorspoedig en rijk leven. Hij werd Engels staatsburger en stierf na een werkzaam leven op 74-jarige leeftijd. Hij is in Westminster Abbey begraven en bijgezet.

Händels Meisterwerke mit spanischer Verve.

"Er nimmt die Kieselsteine anderer Männer und poliert sie in Diamanten" pflegte der britische Komponist William Boyce, von G.F Händel zu sagen. Ein wahrer Ausspruch, wenn wir die Vorgehensweise Händels betrachten. Händel verwendete Material seiner Komponisten-Kollegen, die größtenteils seine Freunde waren. Al Ayre Espanol vollbringt die Leistung, uns die bloße Schönheit dieser Musik zu Ohren zu bringen, die sich unter den Händen des Meisters Händel immer in Gold verwandelt: neu oder geliehen! Großartige Konzerte, großartig musiziert!

Artist(s)

Eduardo López Banzo, born in Zaragoza in 1961, is one of the European conductors who has convincingly made Historicism his own musical philosophy with the objective of making his musicians face the source and spirit of each composition. The result being that the music, after so many of centuries, appears new and fresh to contemporary audiences.

He studied harpsichord, and translates the subtlety and ductility of this instrument in his performances. He conducts his musicians as if he were moving his hands, and they react as if his brain was giving orders, as an organic whole. This manner of conducting has spectacular results, making him a very attractive guest conductor for brilliant and energetic orchestras: he has conducted the Tenerife, Galicia, Madrid and Comunitat de Valencia orchestras, and period instruments ensembles such as New York Collegium, San Francisco's Philarmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Belgian B'Rock and the Polish Arte dei Suonatori.

Eduardo López Banzo has conducted in Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Düsseldorf's Tonhalle, Paris' Opéra Comique, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Cité de la Musique, Hamburg's Leiszhalle, Madrid's Teatro Real and Auditorio Nacional, Barcelona's Palau de la Música Catalana and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Valencia's Palau de les Arts and Palau de la Música, Bilbao's Palau Euskalduna, Brussels' Palais des Beaux Arts, Lisbon's Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Rome's Teatro Olimpico, amongst others.

In the operatic field, Eduardo Lopez Banzo is one of the most important specialists in Handel's music for theatre. He has conducted from the pit for Bibao's ABAO/OLBE with Al Ayre Español, in Valencia's Palau de les Arts with the Orquestra de la Comunitat de Valencia and in Kiel Opera with the Philarmonisches Orchester Kiel.

His next engagements will take him on to debut in Asia (Singapore and Hong Kong), Baden Baden Easter Festival, Leipzig's Bachfestspiele, the Berlin Philarmonie, the Ibermusica Season (Madrid) and Krakow's Misteria Paschalia Festival.

Eduardo López Banzo founded Al Ayre Español in 1988, and was awarded the Spanish National Music Prize in 2004, thanks to more than twenty years of musicological rigueur and performance excellence; that which has made Al Ayre Español a referent all across Europe.

AL AYRE ESPAÑOL
Al Ayre Español was founded in 1988 by Eduardo López Banzo with the objective of avoiding the mistaken clichés that often surrounded the performance of Spanish baroque music. The spirit of the ensemble made this possible thanks to musicological rigor, performance excellence and with the main purpose of giving new breath to music from the past, making them appear as recent compositions, and then offering them to the contemporary audience.

The name of the ensemble was inspired by the title for a guitar Fugue of the Calanda (Aragón) composer, Gaspar Sanz. In this Fugue he indicated the musician to play with "ayre español" (in the Spanish way). Unfortunately, precisely what that meant has remained in the 17th Century.

With the passing of the time, Al Ayre Español has become not only a prestigious ensemble, but moreover a performance philosophy, finally giving meaning to the Gaspar Sanz's indication. This has been achieved through lot of reflection, performance and mastery. Al Ayre Español is now a way of performing and enjoying music that Eduardo López Banzo has being creating as a work-inprogress, recognisable, requested and acclaimed all over the world, and for all these reasons was awarded the 2004 Spanish National Music Prize.

The fact that Al Ayre Español is more than a specialised early music ensemble, that represents the musical philosophy "al ayre español", has allowed the project to be flexible. This has made it possible to adapt itself to different formats, as a baroque orchestra -acknowledged by its performances of Handel and Bach- and lately as a classical-romantic orchestra -with opera and concert performances of Haydn and Mozart.

Al Ayre Español has performed on the most prestigious stages: Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Düsseldorf's Tonhalle, Berlin's Konzerthaus, Paris' Théatre des Champs Elysées and Cite de la Musique de París, Madrid's Teatro Real and Auditorio Nacional, Barelona's Palau de la Musica Catalana and Gran Teatre del Liceu ,Valencia's Palau de la Música, Hamburg's Leiszhalle, Washington's Library of Congress, Brussels' Palais des Beaux Arts, Metz's Arsenal, Lisbon's Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Bilbao's Palacio Euskalduna, Rome's Teatro Olimpico, etc.

Al Ayre Español has also been invited to some of the most important festivals: Baden Baden Easter Festival, Bachstpiele Leipzig, Oude Muziek Utrecht, Internationale Festtage Alter Musik Stuttgart, Scheleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Dresdner Musikfestpiele, Toulouse les Orgues, Festival de Música Religiosa de Cuenca, Festival de Música Antigua de Aranjuez, Festival d'Ambronay, Handel Festspiele Halle, Festival Internationa d'Opera Baroque de Beaune, Festival de Saintes, Festival Internacional Cervantino (México), Festival Monteverdi de Cremona, Israel's Authentical, Festival Via Stellae de Santiago de Compostela, Moscow's Antiquarium Festival, etc.

Al Ayre Español has recorded for the labels Almaviva, Fidelio, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Harmonia Mundi, Naïve-Ambroisie and Challenge. Al Ayre Español's recordings have been awarded the Choq anual de Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason d'Or, 10 Répertoire and Telerama (France); Editor's Choice (Gramophone, London), CD Compact (Barcelona) and Fono Forum (Germany).

Upcoming events of Al Ayre Español are its debut in Asia (Singapore and Hong-Kong) in 2011, its debut in the Berlin Philarmonie, Ibermusica Season (Madrid's Auditorio Nacional) and Krakow's Mistheria Paschalia Festival (Poland).

Al Ayre Español is sponsored by Government of Aragon and is in residence in Zaragoza's Concert Hall.

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Disc #1
01.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major: A tempo giusto
01:49
02.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major: Allegro
01:38
03.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major: Adagio
05:39
04.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major: Allegro
02:37
05.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 1, in G major: Allegro
00:04
06.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor: Allemande
05:42
07.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor: Grave - Andante allegro
03:24
08.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor: Adagio
01:30
09.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor: Siciliana
03:59
10.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 8, in c minor: Allegro
01:08
11.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor: Larghetto e affettuoso
04:01
12.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor: Allegro ma non troppo
01:36
13.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor: Musette: Larghetto
06:01
14.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor: Allegro
02:48
15.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 6, in g minor: Allegro
02:18

Disc #2
01.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor: Ouverture
04:12
02.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor: Air
04:42
03.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor: Allegro
02:56
04.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor: Allegro
02:34
05.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 10, in d minor: Allegro moderato
02:01
06.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major: [Ouverture]
03:56
07.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major: Presto
02:05
08.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major: Largo
02:53
09.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major: Allegro
02:11
10.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 5, in D major: Menuet: Un poco larghetto
03:19
11.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major: Andante larghetto, e staccato
05:29
12.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major: Allegro
01:40
13.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major: Largo e staccato
01:55
14.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major: Andante
04:46
15.
Grand Concerto op. 6 no. 11, in A major: Allegro
05:09
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