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Handel: 8 'Great' Suites for Keyboard, HWV 426-433 / Richard Egarr, harpsichord

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
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, no 6 in F sharp minor, HWV 431
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite no 7 (as used in the film "Got Rot Tunbridge Wells")
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in F minor, HWV 433
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Notes & Reviews:

Today, Handel is best known for his many vocal masterpieces. However, during his lifetime, more copies of his keyboard works were in circulation than Bach's or Scarlatti's. A famed virtuoso and improviser, much of Handel's harpsichord music never written down. However, in 1720, not long after he had settled in England, a collection of eight 'Great Suites' was issued in London. Published by the composer himself, it includes works from both his Hamburg and English periods. The music's tone is heroic, balancing secular Italianate panache with French nobility and decorum. Performed here by Richard Egarr, this magnificent collection demonstrates Handel's unique 'orchestral' keyboard style and grand sweep.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/2012).



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in A major, HWV 426
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in F major, HWV 427
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 428
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 17 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: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, no 6 in F sharp minor, HWV 431
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite no 7 (as used in the film "Got Rot Tunbridge Wells")
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705-1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in F minor, HWV 433
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1717-1720