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Hyperion Records

CDA66921/3 - Handel: 20 Sonatas Op 1
La Barre and other musicians (c1710). Robert Tournières (ascribed to) (1667-1752)
Reproduced by permission of The Trustees, The National Gallery, London
CDA66921/3

Recording details: Various dates
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1995
Total duration: 167 minutes 33 seconds

'The performances in this attractive set are further distinguished by an interpretive sponaneity that invariably brings the music to life' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Here is all the 'Op 1' you could ever want, in performances which, in the present state of the art, I cannot see beaten' (BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide)

'This set gives authoritative readings, impeccable in style, dependable in text' (Gramophone)

'Simplemente delicioso' (Scherzo, Spain)

'How much marvellous invention there is in these sonatas. The whole set is in fact a splendid achievement which is strongly recommended to all Handelians' (Fanfare, USA)

20 Sonatas Op 1
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The twenty sonatas on this recording show Handel writing 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.

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