Hello, I hope someone can put me out of my misery because I'm confuzzled.
A couple of weeks ago I decided that my 'treat of the month' would be the sheet music of Handel's recorder sonatas (you don't need to look at it, I'm just linking things in for the curious among you).
I then found on eBay someone selling a very cheap CD of the same Handel's recorder sonatas (well, the six in the book are six of the eight on the CD). I thought this was fab as I could listen to a version of what I had bought myself to play
I finally listened to it yesterday, and two of the sonatas - the F and Bb - sounded awfully familiar. When I got home I hunted out the CD I have been listening to a lot lately of Baroque Recorder Concertos. Turns out, the two Handel pieces on there are a Concerto in F and a Concerto in Bb.
Now, I mentioned this to my husband who said maybe they just sounded a bit similar, but I'm convinced they are the same. I've not had the chance to sit down and play one CD followed by the other (while following along with my sheet music).
But my question, in complete ignorance, is could they be the same thing? Just they've called it a sonata when it's a recorder with cello + harpsichord on CD and when it's a recorder + bc sheet music; but then they've called it a concerto when they've stuck it in with a string orchestra + harpsichord on the other CD? A quick search on the net doesn't reveal any recorder concerti by Handel, just sonatas...which I guess answers my question!
I've looked on Wikipedia and even braved the online version of the Grove encyclopedia of music (which I get access to via the OU) but I'm still confused as to what the difference between sonata and concerto is (other than the latter has more orchestra behind the soloist!)