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Organ Concerto in D minor, Op 7 No 4

'Handel: Organ Concertos' (CDD22052)
Handel: Organ Concertos
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Movement 1: Adagio
Movement 2: Allegro cosė cosė
Movement 3: Organo ad libitum: Prelude
Movement 4: Allegro

Organ Concerto in D minor, Op 7 No 4
Op 7 No 4 in D minor was probably assembled by Smith after Handel’s death. The first movement was composed in 1738 as a Concerto (Adagio) for two organs and orchestra. (Both here and in the last movement of Op 7 No 5 it seemed appropriate for us to supplement the bass line with a Baroque contra-bassoon, using as a precedent Handel’s instruction for ‘Basson Grosso’ with organ in L’Allegro.) The second movement, marked with the unusual tempo indication Allegro così così (similar in intent to the more familiar Allegro non troppo), dates from between 1744 and 1746. A third movement (the Prelude from the D minor Harpsichord Suite) is included on this recording, while the fourth was a great favourite of Handel and may pre-date his move to England. He re-used this material several times; in a Concerto for violin and orchestra of 1712 and as the Presto in a Harpsichord Suite of 1720.

from notes by Marc Rochester Š 1997

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Details for CDD22052 disc 2 track 13
Recording date
5 June 1996
Recording venue
St Lawrence, Whitchurch, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener & Oliver Rivers
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Handel: Organ Concertos (CDA67291/2)
    Disc 2 Track 13
    Release date: November 1997
    Deletion date: August 2004
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22052
  2. Handel: Organ Concertos (CDD22052)
    Disc 2 Track 13
    Release date: May 2005
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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