Arts & Culture

Mercury Baroque’s New Release on the KUHF Label

The latest release on the KUHF record label features Houston’s premier period instrument orchestra, Mercury Baroque, performing music of George Frideric Handel.

Recorded in the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater in 2009, the CD, titled simply G.F. Handel Opus 6, includes 6 of the 12 concerti grossi from the composer’s op. 6.  These 12 “grand concertos” (HWV 319-330 in the catalog of Handel’s works) were first published in London in 1739 by English music publisher John Walsh.

The concerto grosso (Italian for “grand/big concerto”, plural concerti grossi) is a Baroque musical form in which the music alternates between a small group of soloists and a larger string orchestra and harpsichord.  Handel wrote the op. 6 concerti to use as entertainment between acts during performances of his oratorios and odes, and today they are considered among the finest examples of the genre.

The recording, mixing, mastering and digital editing for the CD was done by KUHF Ryan Edwards. 

This is the second Mercury Baroque release on the KUHF label.  In 2008 the orchestra produced its very first recording,  Handel’s opera Acis and Galatea.

Both CDs are available through the Mercury Baroque website.