Handel - 12 Solo Sonatas, Op. 1

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Handel - 12 Solo Sonatas, Op. 1

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HMU907465/66

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15th June 2009

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Handel - 12 Solo Sonatas, Op. 1


Handel:

Sonata in F major for violin and continuo, HWV370, Op. 1 No. 12

Sonata in E minor for flute and continuo, HWV359b, Op. 1 No. 1b

Sonata in G minor for recorder and continuo, HWV360, Op. 1 No. 2

Sonata in A Major for violin and continuo, HWV361, Op. 1 No. 3

Sonata in A minor for recorder and continuo, HWV362, Op. 1 No. 4

Sonata in G major for flute and continuo, HWV363b, Op 1 No 5

Sonata in G minor for violin or oboe and continuo, HWV364a, Op. 1 No. 6

Sonata in C major for recorder and continuo, HWV365, Op. 1 No. 7

Sonata in C minor for oboe and continuo, HWV366, Op. 1 No. 8

Flute Sonata in B minor, Op 1 No 9b, HWV367b

Sonata in G minor for violin and continuo, HWV368, Op. 1 No. 10

Sonata in F major for recorder and continuo, HWV369, Op. 1 No. 11

Sonata in A major for violin and continuo, HWV372, Op. 1 No. 14

Oboe Sonata in F major (manuscript) 'Haub: Solo del Sr. Hendel'

Sonata in E major for violin and continuo, HWV373, Op. 1 No. 15


Pavlo Beznosiuk (violin), Rachel Brown (flute & recorder), Frank de Brione (oboe) & Richard Egarr (harpsichord & direction)

The Academy of Ancient Music

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Handel wrote the solo sonatas of Opus 1 for the professional musicians of his London opera orchestra.They demand considerable skill and stamina both from the soloist and the continuo. Prominent bass parts give the sonatas a contrapuntal strength and vitality, and Handel keeps the elements of display and purely musical argument in admirable balance in these works. For this reason, they are among the most attractive Baroque solo sonatas and deserve their lasting popularity. Played here by members of the Academy of Ancient Music under the leadership of Richard Egarr, Handel's delightful sonatas are shown to be true masterpieces written by a composer at the height of his powers.

George Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in E Minor, HWV 359, Op. 1, No. 1

I. Grave

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in G Minor, HWV 360, Op. 1, No. 2

I. Larghetto

II. Andante

III. Adagio

IV. Presto

George Frideric Handel: Violin Sonata in A Major, HWV 361, Op. 1, No. 3

I. Andante

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in A Minor, HWV 362, Op. 1, No. 4

I. Larghetto

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in G Major, HWV 363b, Op. 1, No. 5

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Borée

V. Menuetto

George Frideric Handel: Oboe Sonata in G Minor, HWV 364a, Op. 1, No. 6

I. Larghetto

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in C Major, HWV 365, Op. 1, No. 7

I. Larghetto

II. Allegro

III. Larghetto

IV. A tempo di Gavotti

V. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Oboe Sonata in C Minor, HWV 366, Op. 1, No. 8

I. Larghetto

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 367b, Op. 1, No. 9

I. Largo

II. Vivace

III. Presto

IV. Adagio

V. Alla breve

VI. Andante

VII. A tempo di Minuet

George Frideric Handel: Violin Sonata in G Minor, HWV 368, Op. 1, No. 10

I. Andante

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Gigue

George Frideric Handel: Recorder Sonata in F Major, HWV 369, Op. 1, No. 11

I. Larghetto

II. Allegro

III. Siciliana

IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Violin Sonata in F Major, HWV 370, Op. 1, No. 12

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Largo

IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Violin Sonata in A Major, HWV 372, Op. 1, No. 10: I. Adagio

Violin Sonata in A Major, HWV 372, Op. 1, No. 10: I. Adagio

George Frideric Handel: Violin Sonata in A Major, HWV 372, Op. 1, No. 10: II. Allegro

Violin Sonata in A Major, HWV 372, Op. 1, No. 10: II. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Violin Sonata in A Major, HWV 372, Op. 1, No. 10: III. Largo

Violin Sonata in A Major, HWV 372, Op. 1, No. 10: III. Largo

George Frideric Handel: Violin Sonata in A Major, HWV 372, Op. 1, No. 10: IV. Allegro

Violin Sonata in A Major, HWV 372, Op. 1, No. 10: IV. Allegro

George Frideric Handel: Oboe Sonata in F Major 'Hautb: Solo del Sr. Hendel'

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Bourée

V. Menuet

George Frideric Handel: Violin Sonata in E Major, HWV 373, Op. 1, No. 12

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Largo

IV. Allegro

The Independent on Sunday

7th June 2009

“Minus bowed bass, Egarr's harpsichord accompaniment is free and expressive. The soloists slide easily from austerity to opulence, and Brown's dewy-toned recorder is enchanting.”

BBC Music Magazine

August 2009

*****

“The soloists here are stylish and imaginative. Decorations are a delight in slow movements; the Adagio from No. 8 (oboe) is positively dripping with them. The playing is highly expressive… Highly commended as both the complete Op. 1 package and as deeply satisfying performances.”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2009

“…the playing of the three principles of the Academy of Ancient Music sparkles, charms and soothes.”

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