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Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas / Ensemble Vintage Koln

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  1. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 1, No. 13, HWV 371: I. Affettuoso $0.99 on iTunes
  2. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 1, No. 13, HWV 371: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 1, No. 13, HWV 371: III. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 1, No. 13, HWV 371: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 1, No. 3, HWV 361: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  6. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 1, No. 3, HWV 361: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 1, No. 3, HWV 361: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  8. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 1, No. 3, HWV 361: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  9. HANDEL — Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 1, No. 1, HWV 359a: I. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  10. HANDEL — Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 1, No. 1, HWV 359a: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. HANDEL — Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 1, No. 1, HWV 359a: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  12. HANDEL — Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 1, No. 1, HWV 359a: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  13. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 4 in G minor, Op. 1, No. 6, HWV 364a: I. Andante larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 4 in G minor, Op. 1, No. 6, HWV 364a: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  15. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 4 in G minor, Op. 1, No. 6, HWV 364a: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  16. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 4 in G minor, Op. 1, No. 6, HWV 364a: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. HANDEL — Violin Sonata in G major, HWV 358: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  18. HANDEL — Violin Sonata in G major, HWV 358: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  19. HANDEL — Violin Sonata in G major, HWV 358: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  20. HANDEL — Andante in A minor, HWV 412 $0.99 on iTunes
  21. HANDEL — Allegro in C minor, HWV 408 $0.99 on iTunes
  22. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 1, No. 12, HWV 370: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  23. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 1, No. 12, HWV 370: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  24. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 1, No. 12, HWV 370: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  25. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 1, No. 12, HWV 370: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  26. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 5 in G minor, Op. 1, No. 10, HWV 368: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  27. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 5 in G minor, Op. 1, No. 10, HWV 368: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  28. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 5 in G minor, Op. 1, No. 10, HWV 368: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  29. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 5 in G minor, Op. 1, No. 10, HWV 368: IV. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  30. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 8 in A major, Op. 1, No. 14, HWV 372: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  31. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 8 in A major, Op. 1, No. 14, HWV 372: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  32. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 8 in A major, Op. 1, No. 14, HWV 372: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  33. HANDEL — Violin Sonata No. 8 in A major, Op. 1, No. 14, HWV 372: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  34. HANDEL — Violin Sonata in E major, Op. 1, No. 15, HWV 373: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  35. HANDEL — Violin Sonata in E major, Op. 1, No. 15, HWV 373: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  36. HANDEL — Violin Sonata in E major, Op. 1, No. 15, HWV 373: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  37. HANDEL — Violin Sonata in E major, Op. 1, No. 15, HWV 373: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in A major, HWV 361/Op. 1 no 3
>Handel, George Frideric : Violin (or Oboe) Sonata in D minor, HWV 359a
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 364a/Op. 1 no 6
>Handel, George Frideric : Violin (or recorder) Sonata in G major, HWV 358
>Handel, George Frideric : Andante for violin & continuo in A minor, HWV 412
>Handel, George Frideric : Allegro for Violin and Continuo in A minor, HWV 408
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in F major, Op.1/12, HWV 370 (doubtful)
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 368/Op. 1 no 10
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in A major, Op.1/14, HWV 372 (doubtful)
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in E major, Op.1/15, HWV 373 (doubtful)
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Notes & Reviews:

Handel's violin sonatas have been staples of the repertoire for generations, but there has been considerable confusion about their authenticity. Early editorial practice saw to it that several authentic works were published for instruments such as flute and oboe, but more recent scholarship has established that originally they were written for the violin. All the sonatas are full of Handel's dashing bravura and his gift for expressive slow movements, providing a series of beautifully proportioned masterpieces. Ariadne Daskalakis's recording of the Tartini Violin Concertos (8570222) was welcomed with acclaim for its 'grace and lyrical poetry'. (MusicWeb International)

Ritmo
Opens the album with the great Sonata in D major, a mature work, was the last he composed and begins with an expressive Affetuoso Allegro that follows a flight as a vigorous and virtuosic aspect.

American Record Guide
The performances are good overall, and I am especially happy with Rainer Zipperling's spunk and assertiveness...

Fanfare
Their program, played on period instruments (Daskalakis on a Januarius Gagliano violin from 1723, with a viola da gamba, cello, and harpsichord filling out the continuo group - all at A = 415) opens with the familiar Sonata in D Major, HWV 371, which sounds by turns sumptuous (the slow movements) and sharply articulated (the fast ones) in the ensemble's reading. The continuo group plays with an ear attuned to textural subtleties and engages in intelligent dialog with the soloist, some of it, as in the finale, engagingly energetic.

MusicWeb International
At the same time, each movement is played with decisiveness, positive attack and real sensitivity to the subtleties of whoever composed it ... this is a release that will satisfy and stimulate ... Ensemble Vintage Köln has something interesting to say about them ... and says it with style, enjoyment and insight.

Infodad.com
The sound of all the works is particularly good in the performances by Ensemble Vintage Köln, with the mellow tones of Ariadne Daskalakis' baroque violin well supported and nicely enhanced by the continuo instruments. The blending in the two authentic minor-key sonatas and the late D major sonata (HWV 371) is particularly well done.

The WholeNote
For period performance playing that not only sets a very high standard but also draws you into the performances, try listening to the new Naxos CD by Ensemble Vintage Köln of the Handel Complete Violin Sonatas (Naxos 8.572245), featuring Ariadne Daskalakis on baroque violin, Rainer Zipperling on viola da gamba and baroque cello and Gerald Hambitzer on harpsichord. This is an immediately warm and fully engaging disc; Daskalakis is a marvellous soloist, and receives perfect support from Zipperling and Hambitzer. The harpsichord continuo is crisp and lively, and the cello playing simply outstanding - in fact, the interaction is so strong that it sometimes feels as if we are listening to duo sonatas. These are clean, strong, well-balanced and scintillating performances, with impeccable style but also with heart and guts. And there's the difference: while you're listening to this CD, you simply can't imagine these works being played any other way, or being played better. And for me, that's the true test of period performance - or of any performance, for that matter.

Allmusic.com
Performing on period instruments... Daskalakis take their academic understanding of the scores and translate it into informed performances that glisten with vibrant, dynamic, effervescent playing. Balance puts the violin appropriately at the forefront without covering the engaging and well-played continuo part. Naxos' sound is clean and responsive.

The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics
Ariadne Daskalakis plays a soft-spoken baroque violin in this complete version of all of Handel's sonatas specifically designated for performance on violin - though some of these works are perhaps better known in versions for recorder and/or flute, or oboe. Rainer Zipperling provides string continuo on gamba and baroque cello, and Gerald Hambitzer is the harspichordist. The playing is exemplary, tender and exuberant by turn.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, German (05/25/2009-05/28/2009).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vintage Köln
  • Notes: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (05/25/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1750

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in A major, HWV 361/Op. 1 no 3
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vintage Köln
  • Notes: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (05/25/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Violin (or Oboe) Sonata in D minor, HWV 359a
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vintage Köln
  • Notes: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (05/25/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 364a/Op. 1 no 6
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vintage Köln
  • Notes: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (05/25/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Violin (or recorder) Sonata in G major, HWV 358
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vintage Köln
  • Notes: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (05/25/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1709

>Handel, George Frideric : Andante for violin & continuo in A minor, HWV 412
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vintage Köln
  • Notes: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (05/25/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Allegro for Violin and Continuo in A minor, HWV 408
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vintage Köln
  • Notes: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (05/25/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1727

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in F major, Op.1/12, HWV 370 (doubtful)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vintage Köln
  • Notes: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (05/25/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1730

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 368/Op. 1 no 10
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vintage Köln
  • Notes: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (05/25/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1730

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in A major, Op.1/14, HWV 372 (doubtful)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vintage Köln
  • Notes: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (05/25/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Violin in E major, Op.1/15, HWV 373 (doubtful)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Vintage Köln
  • Notes: Studio 2 Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (05/25/2009-05/28/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque