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Handel: Suites for Keyboard / Daria van den Bercken, piano

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 428
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in F major, HWV 427
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite no 7 (as used in the film "Got Rot Tunbridge Wells")
>Handel, George Frideric : Air in G minor, HWV 467
>Handel, George Frideric : Chaconne and Variations (21) for Harpsichord in G major, HWV 435
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, no 1 in B flat major, HWV 434
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : From suite 'Dans le style de G.F. Gaendel' K 399 (385i)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In her recording of Suites for Keyboard, two-time Debut Audience Award winner Daria van den Bercken approaches Handel's music with an adventurous spirit that invokes the music's joy and lightness. As BBC 3 put it, "Her joy in Handel's ingenuity shines through." The album is a part of a larger, multimedia initiative called Handel at the Piano. Through videos and non-traditional stages and platforms, van den Bercken directly connects her performance to the public. "I want everybody to hear this music, to get to know this music," says the pianist. Online videos give everyone a chance to witness her antics; in one particular stunt, van den Bercken ventures out into the streets of Amsterdam for a literal moving performance. Attached to the back of a car, her piano graces the public with every note she plays as they move about the city, sometimes stopping along the way for passersby to listen. Daria van den Bercken's recording of Handel's Suites for Keyboard is as uplifting and dynamic as van den Bercken's approach to public performance. It is as inviting as the pianist herself, who recently hosted an in-home performance for strangers she had approached in the street. Suites for Keyboard was released in Holland two years ago with great success.

A follow-up to Handel: Suites for Keyboard, Keys to Mozart marks the beginning of Daria van den Bercken's Keys to Mozart project, which also includes unique "talk & play" performances in private and public spaces alike. Through this project she offers audiences access to the core of Mozart's piano works, while presenting her own insights that go beyond the music. The artist prepared two years before entering the studio to record the album, listening to many reference recordings and studying the compositions. Handpicked by Daria herself, the recording team includes Grammy Award®-winning Classical Producer of the Year (1992) Michael Fine, who also recorded Handel: Suites for Keyboard.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (01/25/2012/01/26/2012).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 428
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (01/25/2012/01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1717-1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in F major, HWV 427
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (01/25/2012/01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite no 7 (as used in the film "Got Rot Tunbridge Wells")
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (01/25/2012/01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705-1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Air in G minor, HWV 467
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (01/25/2012/01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1715

>Handel, George Frideric : Chaconne and Variations (21) for Harpsichord in G major, HWV 435
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (01/25/2012/01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705-1717

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, no 1 in B flat major, HWV 434
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (01/25/2012/01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1713

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : From suite 'Dans le style de G.F. Gaendel' K 399 (385i) :: Allemande
  • Performer: Daria van den Bercken (Piano)
  • Notes: Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany (01/25/2012/01/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1782