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George Frideric Händel – Recorder Sonatas


George Frideric Händel –  Recorder Sonatas

Recorded at the Unitarian Church, Budapest from 4th to 7th May, 1992

About these works:
The publisher John Walsh issued Handel’s Op. 1, a set of sonatas for various instruments, in the 1730s. This was an attempt to cash in on Handel’s popularity by giving the public some Handel that they could play at home; mind you some of the sonatas in the set might not even be by Handel. Walsh had previously produced pirate editions of Handel’s music and Handel had nothing to do with the production of Op. 1. But subsequently he seems to have decided to join forces with the publisher and Walsh’s subsequent productions of Handel’s works benefited from the composer’s involvement.
The recorder sonatas were probably composed between 1724 and 1726 and our sources range from incomplete first copies and first drafts, copies by unidentified copyists as well as Walsh’s printed editions based on manuscripts of uncertain provenance. The G minor, F major, A minor and C major sonatas exist in Handel’s own fair copies. Walsh printed five of the sonatas, but transposed the D minor to B minor (for transverse flute). The B flat major sonata only exists in manuscript.
The sonatas all re-use material from elsewhere in Handel’s oeuvre, as was common in the period. He seems to have used the sonatas as something of a proving ground and a number of movements crop up in other forms in later, larger-scale works.

Track List:
01. Sonata in G Minor, Op.1 Nr.2 – Larghetto (2:09)
02. Sonata in G Minor, Op.1 Nr.2 – Andante (3:49)
03. Sonata in G Minor, Op.1 Nr.2 – Adagio (0:42)
04. Sonata in G Minor, Op.1 Nr.2 – Presto (2:08)
05. Sonata in A Minor, Op.1 Nr.4 – Larghetto (2:28)
06. Sonata in A Minor, Op.1 Nr.4 – Allegro (3:03)
07. Sonata in A Minor, Op.1 Nr.4 – Adagio (1:51)
08. Sonata in A Minor, Op.1 Nr.4 – Allegro (3:43)
09. Sonata in C Major, Op.1 Nr.7 – Larghetto (2:21)
10. Sonata in C Major, Op.1 Nr.7 – Allegro (2:32)
11. Sonata in C Major, Op.1 Nr.7 – Larghetto (1:58)
12. Sonata in C Major, Op.1 Nr.7 – A Tempo Di Gavotti (2:28)
13. Sonata in C Major, Op.1 Nr.7 – Allegro (1:54)
14. Sonata in F Major, Op.1 Nr.11 – Larghetto (2:14)
15. Sonata in F Major, Op.1 Nr.11 – Allegro (2:27)
16. Sonata in F Major, Op.1 Nr.11 – Siciliana (2:20)
17. Sonata in F Major, Op.1 Nr.11 – Allegro (2:28)
18. Sonata in D Minor, VH 367a – A Tempo Di Menuetto (1:40)
19. Sonata in D Minor, VH 367a – Andante – Allegro (4:42)
20. Menuet, HV 603 (1:02)
21. Gavotte, HV 604 (0:51)
22. Gigue, HV 599 (1:30)
23. Favoutite Air (From Scipone – Aria Of Lelio) (2:41)
24. Trio Sonata in F Major, HV 405 – Allegro (2:26)
25. Trio Sonata in F Major, HV 405 – Grave (1:50)
26. Trio Sonata in F Major, HV 405 – Allegro (2:36)

The Artists:
László Czidra: recorder
Zsolt Harsányi: recorder & basoon
Zsuzsa Pertis: clavichord
Pál Kelemen: violoncello

Stereo, DDD, mp3, 320 kbps, 139.30 Mb, 60:04 minutes. Covers & info included.

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