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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDD22052
Recording details: June 1996
St Lawrence, Whitchurch, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener & Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 1997
Total duration: 17 minutes 17 seconds

Organ Concerto in B flat major, Op 7 No 3
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Allegro  [5'02]
Spiritoso  [4'19]

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Op 7 No 3 in B flat major was the last instrumental work Handel composed. It was written between 1 and 4 January 1751 and first performed after Act II of Alexander’s Feast at Covent Garden on 1 March that year at a concert which also included the premiere of The Choice of Hercules. After the first movement Handel simply wrote ‘Adagio e fuga ad libitum’ in the manuscript. On this disc the Adagio is a transcription of a movement from a G major Violin Sonata while the fugue is one of Handel’s few original organ solo works – the ‘Voluntary (or Fugue)’ in B flat from a set of six published in 1735.

from notes by Marc Rochester © 1997

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