GEORGE FRIDERIC HÄNDEL: Water Music, HWV 348-350 (Selection) (1715-36)
GEORGE FRIDERIC HÄNDEL: Concerto grosso en Sol, op. 6 n. 1, HWV 319 (1739)
GYÖRGY LIGETI: Continuum, version for 2 marimbes (1968)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Simple Symphony for string orchestra, op. 4 (1933-34)
Georg Friedrich Händel masterfully synthesizes the diversity of styles and trends in the music of the first half of the eighteenth century. Although he was born and began his career in Prussia, it was in England where Handel carried out most of his production, to the point of becoming one of the pillars of English music. The Aquatic music includes a series of orchestral movements that were composed to accompany the barge of King George I during a journey along the River Thames, while the Big Concerts op. 6 resume the model of dialogue between soloists and stuffing characteristic of Arcangelo Corelli.
The imprint of eighteenth-century music has taken many forms throughout the twentieth century. This is the starting point of Continuum: György Ligeti recovers the harpsichord (now replaced by two marimbas) for a fascinating exploration of micropolyphony and polyrhythm. With the Simple Symphony, Benjamin Britten draws on fragments that the author had written during his youth giving them an expanded dimension in the form of a symphony, with touches of baroque suited'aire, full of counterpoint games and jovial freshness.