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Handel: Trio Sonatas Op. 2 & 5 / Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for flute/violin, violin & continuo in B minor, Op. 2/1, HWV 386b
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/2, HWV 387
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in B flat major, HWV 388/Op 2 no 3 (4)
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in F major, Op. 2/4, HWV 389
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/5, HWV 390
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/6, HWV 391
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in A major, Op. 5/1, HWV 396
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D major, Op. 5/2, HWV 397
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in E minor, Op. 5/3, HWV 398
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op. 5/4, HWV 399
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op.5/5, HWV 400
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in F major, Op.5/6, HWV 401
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in B flat major, Op. 5/7, HWV 402
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Notes & Reviews:

Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music conclude their award-winning Handel cycle with this dazzling traversal of the Trio Sonatas Op.2 and Op.5. These works, less frequently heard than much of Handel’s output, are brilliantly crafted, exciting, and (above all) fun pieces of chamber music. The Italianate singing style of the melodic writing is both virtuosic and sonorous. Handel took Corelli’s ‘sonata da chiesa’ model and with consummate ease, created sparklingly diverse and richly colorful works that are clearly stamped with his own unique stylistic signature.

"The interplay between the AAM is Baroque chamber-playing of the very highest order: sincerely conversational, emotive and finely nuanced. Egarr and Crouch are an outstanding continuo team, providing attentive yet uncluttered support to the two upper instruments. Brown and Beznosiuk play together with touching eloquence in the Largo of HWV386 and excel in the jaunty jig that concludes HWV389 (erroneously listed in the booklet as an Adagio; documentation has not been the strongest aspect of this attractively packaged series). Beznosiuk and Richter interweave to gorgeous effect in the Largo of HWV387 (reputedly one of Handel's earliest extant compositions). On a few occasions I wondered if the slower music could have been trusted to play itself with a more literal rhythmical pulse, and sometimes things seem precious if compared to the best alternative recordings (for example, the London Handel Players on Somm), but of course this may also be an unavoidable consequence of listening to an entire collection of works that were never designed by the composer to be sampled together in one long sitting. I particularly enjoyed the performances of the Op 5 set: the Gavotte from HWV396 is impeccably balanced like a first-class consort of voices, the contrasts in mood and sonority are ideally judged in the Musette of HWV397, and the Passacaglia in HWV399 is free-flowing and sensuous. The AAM's marvellous music-making overrides Egarr's soapbox dogmatic tendencies in his booklet-note." -Gramophone Awards, 2010 / Baroque Instrumental nominee

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (10/2007/01/2008).



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for flute/violin, violin & continuo in B minor, Op. 2/1, HWV 386b
  • Performers: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Rachel Brown (Flute); Rachel Brown (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717-1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/2, HWV 387
  • Performers: Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Rachel Brown (Flute); Rachel Brown (Recorder); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Joseph Crouch (Cello)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1702

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in B flat major, HWV 388/Op 2 no 3 (4)
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Flute); Rachel Brown (Recorder); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717-1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in F major, Op. 2/4, HWV 389
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Recorder); Rachel Brown (Flute); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717-1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/5, HWV 390
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Recorder); Rachel Brown (Flute); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717-1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/6, HWV 391
  • Performers: Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord); Rachel Brown (Flute); Rachel Brown (Recorder); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Rodolfo Richter (Violin)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1717-1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in A major, Op. 5/1, HWV 396
  • Performers: Joseph Crouch (Cello); Rachel Brown (Flute); Rachel Brown (Recorder); Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in D major, Op. 5/2, HWV 397
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Flute); Rachel Brown (Recorder); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in E minor, Op. 5/3, HWV 398
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Flute); Rachel Brown (Recorder); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G major, Op. 5/4, HWV 399
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Recorder); Rachel Brown (Flute); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1737-1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op.5/5, HWV 400
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Flute); Rachel Brown (Recorder); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in F major, Op.5/6, HWV 401
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Flute); Rachel Brown (Recorder); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1737-1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in B flat major, Op. 5/7, HWV 402
  • Performers: Rachel Brown (Flute); Rachel Brown (Recorder); Joseph Crouch (Cello); Rodolfo Richter (Violin); Pavlo Beznosiuk (Violin); Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque