The Station Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
'The Midi' is one of Haydn's fairly early works (it was written when he was twenty-nine). The meaning of the title is obscure. He uses a scheme of orchestration which was adopted in Concertos about that time-the scheme of writing for a little group of three Strings (two Violins and a 'Cello) as well as for the full Orchestra, and occasionally letting one or more members of the little body (the 'concertante' group, as it is called) play in a more or less 'soloist' capacity-working in with the rest of the Orchestra, but contributing their individual, slighter quality of tone as a contrasting element.
Handel's Great Concertos ('Concerti Grossi') are not Concertos in the modern meaning of works for (usually) one Soloist and an Orchestra.
Handel generally used an Orchestra of Stringed instruments and one or two Harpsichords, and divided it into two groups of players. One group consisted of two Violins and a 'Cello, and the other comprised the remainder of the Orchestra. One Harpsichord supported each group.
A Cantata for Soli, Chorus and Orchestra by Owen M. Edwards and Joseph Parry.
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