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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

'Superbly recorded. Highly recommended and unlikely to be surpassed in the near future' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'The commanding nature of these performances, captured in sound of tremendous presence, cannot be denied. Nicholson captures a Handelian dignity and grandeur often forgotten, in the frenzy that informs many interpretations aspiring to authenticity… Magisterial performances of majestic music' (Classic CD)

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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Danny Driver (piano)
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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