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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: 9 minutes 30 seconds

Suite No 6 in F sharp minor, HWV431
composer
published in London in 1720 as part of a set of Suites de pièces pour le clavecin

Prelude  [1'49]
Largo  [2'08]
Allegro: Fugue  [2'50]
Gigue  [2'43]

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Suite No 6 in F sharp minor takes us into a key problematical in Baroque tuning. As the dominant of tragic and suffering B minor, F sharp minor became for Bach a key appropriate to states of ecstasy or pain, while for Couperin it tended to imply sensuous exploration or mystical aspiration. Characteristically, Handel is more down-to-earth, though this suite is among the grandest in the cycle, with a prelude in French dotted rhythm, in four real parts, followed by a massive largo, also in double-dotted rhythm and thick in harmonic texture. The third movement is a spacious fugue making poignant use of suspensions and of sustained cadential pedal notes, while the final gigue, though conventionally frisky in a cross between Italian and French style, preserves a certain grittiness.

from notes by Wilfrid Mellers © 1995


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