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Handel: 12 Solo Sonatas Op 1 / Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in E minor, HWV 359a/Op. 1 no 1
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso continuo in G minor, HWV 360/Op. 1 no 2
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in A major, HWV 361/Op. 1 no 3
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in A minor, HWV 362/Op. 1 no 4
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in G major, HWV 363b/Op. 1 no 5
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 364a/Op. 1 no 6
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in C major, HWV 365/Op. 1 no 7
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in C minor, HWV 366/Op. 1 no 8
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Flute and Basso continuo in B minor, HWV 367b/Op. 1 no 9
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 368/Op. 1 no 10
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in F major, HWV 369/Op. 1 no 11
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in F major, Op.1/12, HWV 370 (doubtful)
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in A major, Op.1/14, HWV 372 (doubtful)
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in F major "Hautb. Solo del Sr. Hendel"
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in E major, Op.1/15, HWV 373 (doubtful)
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Notes & Reviews:

"The Academy of Ancient Music is one of the best and oldest of period-instrument groups, so it should come as no surprise that their performances are excellent in every way. The music is not rushed but is given room to make its effect. The performers tease the rhythm so that the performance never sounds rigid or mechanical. Ornaments are applied, especially in slow movements, but in faster ones as well...Egarr's performances have a much brighter sound because of the absence of the cello [from the continuo]. As Egarr remarks, in his performances the harpsichordist is challenged to produce as much color as possible, and Egarr succeeds brilliantly here...For its outstanding performances and its different approach to the continuo, this recording deserves a place in the collection of every lover of Handel's music and of Baroque chamber music in general." - Fanfare

The Independent on Sunday
Minus bowed bass, Egarr's harpsichord accompaniment is free and expressive. The soloists slide easily from austerity to opulence, and Brown's dewy-toned recorder is enchanting.

BBC Music Magazine
The soloists here are stylish and imaginative. Decorations are a delight in slow movements; the Adagio from No. 8 (oboe) is positively dripping with them. The playing is highly expressive... Highly commended as both the complete Op. 1 package and as deeply satisfying performances.

Gramophone Magazine
The playing of the three principles of the Academy of Ancient Music sparkles, charms and soothes.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in E minor, HWV 359a/Op. 1 no 1
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Flute); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso continuo in G minor, HWV 360/Op. 1 no 2
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in A major, HWV 361/Op. 1 no 3
  • Performers: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in A minor, HWV 362/Op. 1 no 4
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in G major, HWV 363b/Op. 1 no 5
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Flute); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1714

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 364a/Op. 1 no 6
  • Performers: Frank Bruine (Oboe); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in C major, HWV 365/Op. 1 no 7
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in C minor, HWV 366/Op. 1 no 8
  • Performers: Frank Bruine (Oboe); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1711

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Flute and Basso continuo in B minor, HWV 367b/Op. 1 no 9
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Flute); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 15 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 368/Op. 1 no 10
  • Performers: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1730

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in F major, HWV 369/Op. 1 no 11
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in F major, Op.1/12, HWV 370 (doubtful)
  • Performers: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 15 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1730

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in A major, Op.1/14, HWV 372 (doubtful)
  • Performers: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in F major "Hautb. Solo del Sr. Hendel"
  • Performers: Frank Bruine (Oboe); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 1714.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1714

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in E major, Op.1/15, HWV 373 (doubtful)
  • Performers: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Running Time: 9 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque