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Handel: Harpsichord Works Vol 3 / Sophie Yates

Album Summary

>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
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, no 7 in B flat major, HWV 440
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, no 8 in G major, HWV 441
>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece) (Prelude and Chaconne), Vol.2, no 9, in G major, HWV 442
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Notes & Reviews:

"Yates's playing is beyond reproach: each suite is elegantly poised and intelligently delivered, every strand in fugal textures is clearly delineated, and ornamentation is dazzling. It is no mean feat the Yates's delightful performance of these suites provides a rewarding listening experience without a dull moment despite a total duration of over 70 minutes." ***** - David Vickers, BBC

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Sophie Yates brings formidable technique and strong dramatic feeling to these suites. The works of the first collection (1720, HWV426-33) are the more demanding, each of them opening with a prelude (or overture) - complex, pensive, often sombre - with a large-scale, fully worked fugue.

Yates plays these in an appropriately rhetorical manner, rhythmically taut yet with enough flexibility and attentiveness to the music's caesuras to shape and characterise it, at the same time giving it some sense of the improvisatory. Then she takes the fugues at a lively pace, just a touch too fast for the music to sound comfortable: this is brilliant, edge-of-your seat playing.

Her playing, with its thoughtful details of timing, clearly conveys the structure of the music. She finds the same grandeur of manner in the Passacaille that ends the G minor Suite. For the rest, it's mainly dance music: some lively courantes and exuberant gigues, sober and deliberate allemandes, spacious and noble sarabandes - the crisp and precise fingerwork in that of the B flat Suite in the Second Set (1733), with its intensely detailed line, is a delight.

These are the most appealing versions of Handel's suites: fresh, alive, with a real command of style and technique but also just a hint of risk about the playing. Handel's harpsichord music has sometimes been called dull, but there isn't a moment here when you'd believe that.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, no 6 in F sharp minor, HWV 431
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (06/11/2001-06/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite no 7 (as used in the film "Got Rot Tunbridge Wells")
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (06/11/2001-06/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705-1707

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for Harpsichord in F minor, HWV 433
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (06/11/2001-06/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1717-1720

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, no 7 in B flat major, HWV 440
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (06/11/2001-06/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, no 8 in G major, HWV 441
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (06/11/2001-06/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705

>Handel, George Frideric : Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece) (Prelude and Chaconne), Vol.2, no 9, in G major, HWV 442 :: Prelud
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England (06/11/2001-06/13/2001)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1705