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Handel: Trio Sonatas for Two Violins and Basso Continuo; Sinfonia in B-flat major / The Brook Street Band

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Sinfonia in B flat major, HWV 339
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in F major, HWV 392
>Handel, George Frideric : Esther, HWV 50a
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/8, HWV 393 (doubtful)
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in E major, HWV 394 (doubtful)
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 treble instruments & continuo in C minor, HWV 386a
>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in C major (Saul), HWV 403
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Notes & Reviews:

The Brook Street Band celebrates its 20th anniversary as a champion of the music of Handel with another imaginative album that completes the ensemble's survey of Handel's Trio Sonatas for violins and continuo. A bonus is an arrangement for two violins and basso continuo of the overture to Handel's oratorio Esther.

BBC Music
Impeccable ... the vitality is riveting.

International Record Review
These performances have a powerful stamp of authority ... Handel himself would have found real cause for celebration.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
The quartet play with sensual directness and a vividly attuned awareness of harmonic contours in the early F major Sonata... despite being one of Handel's best chamber compositions, this gets somewhat ignored by recording artists so it is pleasing to hear The Brook Street Band's shapely account... there is nothing to quibble over in [their] masterly performances.

The Guardian
The Brook Street Band celebrates its 20th birthday with this release of the composer's lesser-known trio sonatas - and if that sounds dry, the performances are anything but...[They] approach everything with a spring in their step, relishing the harmonic crunches and keeping everything vital and vivacious.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Raveningham Church, Norfolk (09/07/2015-09/10/2015).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Sinfonia in B flat major, HWV 339
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Norfolk (09/07/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: circa 1706

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in F major, HWV 392
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Norfolk (09/07/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Esther, HWV 50a :: Trio Sonata in B flat
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Norfolk (09/07/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Esther, HWV 50a :: Trio Sonata in B flat
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Norfolk (09/07/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Esther, HWV 50a :: Trio Sonata in B flat
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Norfolk (09/07/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in G minor, Op. 2/8, HWV 393 (doubtful)
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Norfolk (09/07/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1719

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in E major, HWV 394 (doubtful)
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Norfolk (09/07/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 treble instruments & continuo in C minor, HWV 386a
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Norfolk (09/07/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1718

>Handel, George Frideric : Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in C major (Saul), HWV 403
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Norfolk (09/07/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1738