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Track(s) taken from CDD22045
Recording details: May 1994
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1995
Total duration: 12 minutes 56 seconds

Suite No 1 in A major, HWV426
composer
published in London in 1720 as part of a set of Suites de pièces pour le clavecin

Prelude  [2'19]
Allemande  [4'23]
Courante  [3'00]
Gigue  [3'14]

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Danny Driver (piano)   May 2014 Release
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Suite No 1 in A major begins with a partially written-out version of an improvised French prelude with cascades of scales and arpeggios which exploit the instrument’s resonance as an amplified, mechanically-plucked lute. The key of A major was traditionally associated with youth and spring, and potentially with energy; Charpentier called it ‘joyeux et champêtre’. The allemande is grand, opening with scales imitated in inversion. After the modulation to the dominant and the double bar, the dotted figuration is inverted. Textures are characteristically stable and sturdy, as are those of the courante, which seems to revel in the harmonic richness which accrues from the moving inner parts. In this buoyant A major suite Handel dispenses with a sarabande and moves direct to a consummatory gigue in Italian style.

from notes by Wilfrid Mellers © 1995


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