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Handel: Suites De Pieces Pour Le Clavecin
Cristiano Holtz (harpsichord)
Handel has the reputation of a free thinker regarding the composition of his suites. His keyboard works combine a formal freedom with a rhetorical mastery in a way that undoubtedly reflects his improvisatory gifts, for which he was famous. The music in these pieces is very lively in its invention, and exhibits an enthusiasm in allying the structure with very different styles. The large-scale works of 1720, all completely different from one another, are a synthesis inspired by elements of the German and Italian styles. He seems to have had little interest in the form of the suite per se. Formal unity is most often achieved through common thematic use.
The diverse origins of the music make the collection of suites a microcosm of Handel’s eclectic style. Following his highly acclaimed recording of the Johann Mattheson harpsichord suites, Cristiano Holtz presents a splendid interpretation of the Handel suites.
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Handel - Organ Works
A historically informed recording of works that explores the geographical influences on Handel's compositions.
Ouverture in C major, HWV456
Fugue in E minor, HWV429
Sonata in G major, HWV579
Fugue in G minor, HWV605
Fantaisie in C major, HWV490
Fugue in G major, HWV606
Air in G minor, HWV466
Fugue in B-flat major, HWV607
Air in B-flat major, HWV470
Air in B-flat major, HWV469
Capriccio in G minor, HWV483
Chaconne in G major, HWV 430/Anh.
Fugue in B minor, HWV608
Air in G major, HWV474
Fugue in A minor, HWV609
Keyboard Suite, HWV 428 in D minor: Presto
Sonata in C major, HWV578
Fugue in C minor, HWV610
Jesu meine Freude, HWV480
Keyboard Suite, HWV 432 in G minor: Passacaille
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