Johann Sebastian Bach’s harpsichord concertos belong to the standard repertoire of all world-class pianists, and the principle operating here also applies to Handel. The positive resonance with which our Vol. 1 (cpo777837) has met demonstrates the perfect logic of such a transfer of the solo parts from Handel’s organ concertos to today’s piano. Members of the music press have written: “The recording does indeed pave the way to new access to Handel. It almost seems as if this particular time had been perfectly selected. Handel’s organ concertos might have been performed on a piano long ago, but in the twenty-first century this new release offers an acoustic haven of a special kind” (ndr.de/kultur 08/2013). And: “Here an individual has occupied himself very intensively with the score, examined it closely, and truly arranged it for his own person. Absolutely marvelous
moments are the result” (Concerti 11/2013). Handel wrote a total of sixteen organ concertos, and six each form the opus groups 4 and 7. Matthias Kirschnereit has now recorded the four concertos without opus numbers (Nos. 13-16), including the famous F major concerto popularly known as “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale.” “Pleasure for one and all, without abiding by what elsewhere prevails as a tasteful anchoring in questions of the performance practice of baroque music” (klassik-heute.com).
“Music of substance and stature, eloquently played and beautifully recorded; a new and significant journey has just begun.”MusicWeb