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John Kitchen Plays Handel Overtures

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  1. Occasional Oratorio Overture, HWV 62 (Arr. for Harpsichord): I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Occasional Oratorio Overture, HWV 62 (Arr. for Harpsichord): II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Occasional Oratorio Overture, HWV 62 (Arr. for Harpsichord): III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Occasional Oratorio Overture, HWV 62 (Arr. for Harpsichord): IV. March $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Athalia Overture, HWV 52 (Arr. for Harpsichord): I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Athalia Overture, HWV 52 (Arr. for Harpsichord): II. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Athalia Overture, HWV 52 (Arr. for Harpsichord): III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Radamisto Overture, HWV 12 (Arr. for Harpsichord): I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Radamisto Overture, HWV 12 (Arr. for Harpsichord): II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Harpsichord Suite in A Major, HWV 454: I. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Harpsichord Suite in A Major, HWV 454: II. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Harpsichord Suite in A Major, HWV 454: III. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Harpsichord Suite in A Major, HWV 454: IV. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Samson Overture, HWV 57 (Arr. for Harpsichord): I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Samson Overture, HWV 57 (Arr. for Harpsichord): II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Samson Overture, HWV 57 (Arr. for Harpsichord): III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Samson Overture, HWV 57 (Arr. for Harpsichord): IV. Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Saul Overture, HWV 53 (Arr. for Harpsichord): I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Saul Overture, HWV 53 (Arr. for Harpsichord): II. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Saul Overture, HWV 53 (Arr. for Harpsichord): III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Saul Overture, HWV 53 (Arr. for Harpsichord): IV. Andante larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Harpsichord Suite in G Major, HWV 450: I. Preludio $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Harpsichord Suite in G Major, HWV 450: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Harpsichord Suite in G Major, HWV 450: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Harpsichord Suite in G Major, HWV 450: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Harpsichord Suite in G Major, HWV 450: V. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Harpsichord Suite in G Major, HWV 450: VI. Menuet $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Il pastor fido Overture, HWV 456.1: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Il pastor fido Overture, HWV 456.1: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Il pastor fido Overture, HWV 456.1: III. A tempo di bourrée $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Teseo Overture, HWV 9 (Arr. for Harpsichord): I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Teseo Overture, HWV 9 (Arr. for Harpsichord): II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Teseo Overture, HWV 9 (Arr. for Harpsichord): III. Lentement $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Teseo Overture, HWV 9 (Arr. for Harpsichord): IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Rinaldo Overture, HWV 7 (Arr. for Harpsichord): I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Rinaldo Overture, HWV 7 (Arr. for Harpsichord): II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Rinaldo Overture, HWV 7 (Arr. for Harpsichord): III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Rinaldo Overture, HWV 7 (Arr. for Harpsichord): IV. Gigue. Presto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to the Occasional Oratorio
>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Athalia
>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Radamisto
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite in A, HWV 454
>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Samson
>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Saul
>Handel, George Frideric : Partita for keyboard in G major, HWV 450
>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Il Pastor Fido
>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Teseo
>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Rinaldo
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Notes & Reviews:

Handel’s overtures had an independent life almost from their inception, and the practice of performing them on keyboard instruments has a similarly long pedigree, beginning with a number of transcriptions made by the composer himself. Keyboard specialist John Kitchen evokes Handel’s orchestral palette in the welter of timbres and colors he summons forth from Jacob Kirckman’s 1755 harpsichord, a classic instrument from the very apex of the English harpsichord building.

“Crisp articulation, splendidly agile fingerwork, and strong sense of purpose.”— International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to the Occasional Oratorio :: [Largo]
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to the Occasional Oratorio :: Allegro
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to the Occasional Oratorio :: Adagio -
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to the Occasional Oratorio :: March
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1746

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Athalia :: Allegro
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1733

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Athalia :: Grave -
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1733

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Athalia :: Allegro
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1733

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Radamisto :: Largo -
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Radamisto :: Allegro
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite in A, HWV 454 :: Allemande
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite in A, HWV 454 :: Courante
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite in A, HWV 454 :: Sarabande
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite in A, HWV 454 :: Gigue
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Samson :: Andante -
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Samson :: Adagio -
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Samson :: Allegro
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Samson :: Minuet
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Saul :: Allegro
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Saul :: Larghetto
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Saul :: Allegro
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Saul :: Andante larghetto [minuet]
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1738

>Handel, George Frideric : Partita for keyboard in G major, HWV 450
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1703

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Il Pastor Fido :: Largo -
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Il Pastor Fido :: Allegro
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Il Pastor Fido :: A tempo di Bourrée
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Teseo :: Largo -
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Teseo :: Allegro -
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Teseo :: Lentement -
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Teseo :: Allegro
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1712

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Rinaldo :: Largo -
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Rinaldo :: Allegro
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Rinaldo :: Adagio -
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711

>Handel, George Frideric : Overture to Rinaldo :: Giga, presto
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh (12/17/2008-12/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711