Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 12

Today we offer a little comparative listening to sample the enormous stylistic changes in performance of Baroque music during the past forty or fifty years. The first performance, from 2009, is a very lively example of historically informed methods, using the fastest tempos possible in this fine piece by Handel.

Performed by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, conducted by Paul Dyer (10 minutes)

And here is what the piece sounded like as conducted by Karl Richter, one of the best Baroque specialists of the mid-20th century. This performance indulges a grave, romantic lushness and clocks in at nearly three minutes longer than the Dyer performance.

Performed by the Munich Bach Orchestra, conducted by Karl Richter (13 minutes)

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