• CDA68041 Katalognummer
  • 034571280417 EAN
  • 2CD Format
  • 2014 Utgivelsesår

Artist
Driver, Danny (piano)

Komponist
Handel, George Frideric

Plateselskap
Hyperion

Verk

Handel: Keyboard Suite, HWV 426 in A major
Handel: Keyboard Suite, HWV 427 in F major
Handel: Keyboard Suite, HWV 428 in D minor
Handel: Keyboard Suite, HWV 429 in E minor
Handel: Keyboard Suite, HWV 430 in E major 'The Harmonious Blacksmith'
Handel: Keyboard Suite, HWV 431 in F sharp minor
Handel: Keyboard Suite, HWV 432 in G minor
Handel: Keyboard Suite, HWV 433 in F minor
Handel: Keyboard Suite, HWV 435 (Chaconne) in G major
Handel: Keyboard Suite, HWV 438 in E minor
Handel: Suite in C minor, HWV 444

Produsent
Keener, Andrew

Tekniker
Hinitt, David

Produktbeskrivelse

Gramophone Awards 2014 Shortlisted - Instrumental

Danny Driver’s recordings of CPE Bach’s keyboard works have been much admired: praised by critics as deeply stylish and revelatory accounts of eighteenth-century works on a modern piano, with Driver’s impeccable pianism constantly present. Now he turns to Handel’s ‘Eight Great Suites’, largely written when the composer was resident in Cannons, near London.
The ‘Great Suites’ are an inspired, idiosyncratic amalgam of Gallic courtly dances, Italian vocal lyricism, Teutonic counterpoint and robust English tunefulness. Whereas Bach’s keyboard suites follow broadly similar patterns, centred on the traditional French dance sequence of Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue, Handel’s are unpredictable, with no two suites alike in the number and ordering of their movements. There are fugues, arias with variations, Italian-style sonata movements, even (in No 7) a Passacaglia. Compared with the elaborate finish of Bach’s suites, Handel’s often give the impression of written-down improvisations. In the fantasia-like Preludes, especially, Handel hints at his own genius as extemporiser, while leaving plenty to the performer’s own imagination.

If you want to hear these pieces played on a sleek grand piano using an engagingly post-historical approach, with flawlessly stylish ornamentation...and a variety of dynamic nuances...then look no further. Gramophone

 

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