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Geminiani: Sonatas for Cello & Continuo, Op. 5; G.F. Handel: Harpsichord Suite No. 5 / The Four Nations Ensemble

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  1. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 5 No. 2, H. 104: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 5 No. 2, H. 104: II. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 5 No. 2, H. 104: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 5 No. 2, H. 104: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 5 No. 1, H. 103: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 5 No. 1, H. 103: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 5 No. 1, H. 103: III. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 5 No. 1, H. 103: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Geminiani — Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: I. Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Geminiani — Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Geminiani — Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Geminiani — Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IVa. Air - (Harmonious Blacksmith) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Geminiani — Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IVb. Double 1 - (Harmonious Blacksmith) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Geminiani — Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IVc. Double 2 - (Harmonious Blacksmith) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Geminiani — Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IVd. Double 3 - (Harmonious Blacksmith) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Geminiani — Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IVe. Double 4 - (Harmonious Blacksmith) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Geminiani — Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IVf. Double 5 (Harmonious Blacksmith) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 5 No. 3, H. 105: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 5 No. 3, H. 105: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 5 No. 3, H. 105: III. Affetuoso $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 5 No. 3, H. 105: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 5 No. 4, H. 106: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 5 No. 4, H. 106: IIa. Allegro moderato - $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 5 No. 4, H. 106: IIb. Fantasia ad lib. é poi da capo $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 5 No. 4, H. 106: III. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 5 No. 4, H. 106: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 5 No. 5, H. 107: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 5 No. 5, H. 107: II. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 5 No. 5, H. 107: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 5 No. 5, H. 107: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 5 No. 6, H. 108: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 5 No. 6, H. 108: II. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 5 No. 6, H. 108: III. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Geminiani — Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 5 No. 6, H. 108: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 2 in D minor, Op. 5/2
>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 1 in A major, Op. 5/1
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430
>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 3 in C major, Op. 5/3
>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 4 in B flat major, Op. 5/4
>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 5 in F major, Op. 5/5
>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 6 in A minor, Op. 5/6
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This album is the second on Orchid Classics from highly-acclaimed New York based Four Nations Ensemble. The Sonatas Op.5 (coupled with a Suite by Handel whom Geminiani performed with in London) were originally Violin Sonatas by Geminiani's teacher Corelli.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
This recording by The Four Nations Ensemble balances the voices so closely that the two lines tend to mix. The result is quite effective. And let's not forget the addition of the Handel harpsichord Suite 5 that ends with an Air & Variations that is quite memorable. This is beautifully played by Appel and reminds us that the Four Nations Ensemble is made up of fine players.

This makes, I think, the sixth recording I have heard of these sonatas. My review of the most recent one (Enrico Bronzi with Michelle Barti, hpsi, Concerto 2061, March/April 2011) constitutes an addition to the Cello Overview of 2009. If you wish to compare all the ones I've heard, that is the place to find them. The present one is up there with the most interesting readings, and the recorded sound is nicely balanced.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hamden Connecticut, USA (08/13/2013-08/16/2013).



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Works Details

>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 2 in D minor, Op. 5/2
  • Ensemble: Four Nations Ensemble
  • Notes: Hamden Connecticut, USA (08/13/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1746

>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 1 in A major, Op. 5/1
  • Ensemble: Four Nations Ensemble
  • Notes: Hamden Connecticut, USA (08/13/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1746

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in E major, HWV 430
  • Ensemble: Four Nations Ensemble
  • Notes: Hamden Connecticut, USA (08/13/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1710-1720

>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 3 in C major, Op. 5/3
  • Ensemble: Four Nations Ensemble
  • Notes: Hamden Connecticut, USA (08/13/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1746

>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 4 in B flat major, Op. 5/4
  • Ensemble: Four Nations Ensemble
  • Notes: Hamden Connecticut, USA (08/13/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1746

>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 5 in F major, Op. 5/5
  • Ensemble: Four Nations Ensemble
  • Notes: Hamden Connecticut, USA (08/13/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1746

>Geminiani, Francesco : Sonata for cello & continuo no 6 in A minor, Op. 5/6
  • Ensemble: Four Nations Ensemble
  • Notes: Hamden Connecticut, USA (08/13/2013-08/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1746