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Six Solos Transcribed for Cello and Harpsichord by Handel

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  1. Handel — Sonata G Major HWV 365, Op. 1, No. 7: I. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Handel — Sonata G Major HWV 365, Op. 1, No. 7: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Handel — Sonata G Major HWV 365, Op. 1, No. 7: III. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Handel — Sonata G Major HWV 365, Op. 1, No. 7: IV. a Tempo Di Gavotti $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Handel — Sonata G Major HWV 365, Op. 1, No. 7: V. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Handel — Sonata A Minor HWV 367a, Op. 1, No. 9: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Handel — Sonata A Minor HWV 367a, Op. 1, No. 9: II. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Handel — Sonata A Minor HWV 367a, Op. 1, No. 9: III. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Handel — Sonata A Minor HWV 367a, Op. 1, No. 9: IV. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Handel — Sonata A Minor HWV 367a, Op. 1, No. 9: V. Alla Breve $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Handel — Sonata A Minor HWV 367a, Op. 1, No. 9: VI. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Handel — Sonata A Minor HWV 367a, Op. 1, No. 9: VII. a Tempo Di Minuet $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Handel — Sonata C Major HWV 369, Op. 1, No. 11: I. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Handel — Sonata C Major HWV 369, Op. 1, No. 11: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Handel — Sonata C Major HWV 369, Op. 1, No. 11: III. Siciliana $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Handel — Sonata C Major HWV 369, Op. 1, No. 11: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Handel — Sonata D Minor HWV 362, Op. 1, No. 4: I. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Handel — Sonata D Minor HWV 362, Op. 1, No. 4: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Handel — Sonata D Minor HWV 362, Op. 1, No. 4: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Handel — Sonata D Minor HWV 362, Op. 1, No. 4: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Handel — Sonata F Major HWV 377: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Handel — Sonata F Major HWV 377: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Handel — Sonata F Major HWV 377: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Handel — Sonata D Minor HWV 360, Op. 1, No. 2: I. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Handel — Sonata D Minor HWV 360, Op. 1, No. 2: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Handel — Sonata D Minor HWV 360, Op. 1, No. 2: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Handel — Sonata D Minor HWV 360, Op. 1, No. 2: IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in C major, HWV 365/Op. 1 no 7
>Handel, George Frideric : Recorder Sonata in D minor, Op.1/9a, HWV 367a
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in F major, HWV 369/Op. 1 no 11
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in A minor, HWV 362/Op. 1 no 4
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in B flat major, HWV 377
>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso continuo in G minor, HWV 360/Op. 1 no 2
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Notes & Reviews:

"The 'cello' sonatas on this album are Handel's Recorder Sonatas, Op. 1, transcribed for the cello. Recycling material from one instrument to another was common in the early eighteenth century and was resorted to by Handel, Bach, and Vivaldi, not to mention numerous lesser lights. The lack of Handel compositions for solo cello is explained by the fact that the instrument was in its infancy when he wrote most of his chamber music; Vivaldi's cello sonatas date from around 1740, by which time Handel could afford to occupy himself with grand public spectacles. The British duo that calls itself the Brook Street Band, consisting of the inimitably named cellist Tatty Theo and harpsichordist Carolyn Gibley, is thus on solid ground in remaking these pieces into cello works; the transcriptions tend to place the cello in the middle of the harpsichord's right-hand notes, but Gibley is sensitive to this problem, and the players function nicely as a duo... a pleasant hour of Handel for cello lovers annoyed by the sparsity of Baroque repertory for the instrument." -All Music

BBC Music Magazine
Theo and Gibley play their transcriptions with impeccable style and with a warm rapport for the music. Slow movements come off especially well and, in one or two instances... the sustaining power of a bowed string instrument has an advantage over a recorder.

Gramophone Magazine
... we can hardly blame Tatty Theo for wanting to appropriate music as good as Handel's recorder sonatas for her instrument, and neither can we feel that Handel would have disapproved. The supposition is even more easily made on hearing these spirited performances, which render the novel concept of Handel cello sonatas totally convincing. Baroque cellists, rush for these arrangements - it's your lucky day!

Sunday Times
The Brook Street Band are a lively ensemble of period instrumentalists, always stylish, occasionally daring in their expressive response to this glorious music.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in C major, HWV 365/Op. 1 no 7
  • Performers: Carolyn Gibley (Harpsichord); Tatty Theo (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Raveningham, Norfolk, England (07/14/2006-07/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Recorder Sonata in D minor, Op.1/9a, HWV 367a
  • Performers: Carolyn Gibley (Harpsichord); Tatty Theo (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Raveningham, Norfolk, England (07/14/2006-07/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in F major, HWV 369/Op. 1 no 11
  • Performers: Carolyn Gibley (Harpsichord); Tatty Theo (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Raveningham, Norfolk, England (07/14/2006-07/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in A minor, HWV 362/Op. 1 no 4
  • Performers: Carolyn Gibley (Harpsichord); Tatty Theo (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Raveningham, Norfolk, England (07/14/2006-07/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in B flat major, HWV 377
  • Performers: Carolyn Gibley (Harpsichord); Tatty Theo (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Raveningham, Norfolk, England (07/14/2006-07/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724-1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Sonata for Recorder and Basso continuo in G minor, HWV 360/Op. 1 no 2
  • Performers: Carolyn Gibley (Harpsichord); Tatty Theo (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Brook Street Band
  • Notes: Raveningham Church, Raveningham, Norfolk, England (07/14/2006-07/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725-1726