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Handel: Keyboard Suites, Vol. 1

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  1. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 1 in A major, HWV 426: I. Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 1 in A major, HWV 426: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 1 in A major, HWV 426: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 1 in A major, HWV 426: IV. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 2 in F major, HWV 427: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 2 in F major, HWV 427: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 2 in F major, HWV 427: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 2 in F major, HWV 427: IV. Fuga: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428 : I. Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428 : II. Fuga: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428 : III. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428 : IV. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428 : V. Air - $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428 : V. Variations (Doubles) 1-5 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428 : VI. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 4 in E minor, HWV 429: I. Fuga: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 4 in E minor, HWV 429: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 4 in E minor, HWV 429: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 4 in E minor, HWV 429: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel, G.F. — Keyboard Suite No. 4 in E minor, HWV 429: V. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in A major, HWV 426
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in F major, HWV 427
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 428
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, no 4 in E minor, HWV 429
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Notes & Reviews:

Handel's keyboard suites may be among his lesser-known works, but the so-called 'Eight Great Suites' of 1720 are true masterpieces of the genre. This volume, containing the first four, showcases his extraordinary versatility, imagination and contrapuntal skill, as well as his willingness to break with tradition. Handel skilfully weaves together a wide range of forms, including fugues, a toccata, Italianate airs and Baroque dances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (08/14/2008).



Reviews

Highly enjoyable piano disc
My initial reaction upon hearing this disc for the first time was, "Well, this is different. Why haven't I heard this before?" Then I realized this is Handel... on the piano, not the harpsichord (or organ). The piano, with all its nuance and dynamics can lull a baby to sleep one moment, raise the hair on the back of your neck in the next, and shock a stone-dead sleeper back to life a second later. That's exactly what pianist Philip Edward Fisher is able to do with this group of Handel's first four Keyboard Suites. The close recording picks up all of Fisher's nuance and with it, unfortunately, a distracting hiss that rises and falls with Fisher's attack on the piano. This, however, remains a highly enjoyable disc and I look forward to hearing the completion of the cycle.
Submitted on 06/04/10 by DanL 
Pleasant Handel
This recording features Philip Edward Fisher on a Steinway playing Handel Keyboard Suites No. 1 thru 4. Mr. Fisher definitely has a deft touch, although on initial hearing it seemed somewhat less than emotionally engaging, particularly in the Keyboard Suite No. 1 in A major. However, I found myself warming to his playing on successive listens over a period of several weeks. Suite No. 1 in A major consists of a number of dance rhythms rather spritely played, but I garnered little more from it than that. Suite No. 2 in F grabs you by the ears and makes you stop what you are doing to just listen. While it certainly requires the same degree of intricate finger work as Suite No. 1, there is a depth of feeling in the first movement that gives way to a focused playfulness in the second movement, ending smartly in a rather maturely written closing allegro. Suite No. 3 in D minor is rather a bit different than the first two Suites, less playful and more introspective and somber (particularly the 3rd movement), and it is here that Mr. Fisher’s playing technique became less of a focus for me and more of a means to an end – that being the evocation of the kind of feelings one might have while sitting inside on a rainy day looking out the window at a gray landscape, not satisfied with events but accepting of them, and pondering how things might have been different…if only…if only – very evocative and a treat to listen to. Suite No. 4 in E minor begins with an amazing, and very technically demanding, fugue. This gives way to a darker and more gentle Allemande (2nd movement), a brighter Courante 3rd movement, a slow heartfelt Sarabande, and somewhat dark gigue. Is this a disc that grabs you from the start and makes you feel like you have something special? Not for me. But after several repeated listens over a period of weeks, I find myself very pleased that it is a part of my expanding Handel library, with Suites No. 3 and No. 4 being particularly worthwhile additions.
Submitted on 09/07/10 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in A major, HWV 426
  • Performer: Philip Fisher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in F major, HWV 427
  • Performer: Philip Fisher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 428
  • Performer: Philip Fisher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1717-1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, no 4 in E minor, HWV 429
  • Performer: Philip Fisher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1720