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Hyperion Records

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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: 3 minutes 47 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)

Fugue or Voluntary No 1 in G minor, HWV605
1716/7; published 1735

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Fugue No 1 in G minor is basic in that its subject opens with a falling fifth, aspires upwards through a minor sixth, and then gathers physical energy in repeated quavers. Although all the fugues are ultimately in four parts, they tend to make do with three until their final stages, thus using the fourth part with rationally consummatory effect. In this first fugue the steady pulse assures sobriety, and the delayed entry of the fourth voice drives towards a cadential harmonic expansion, marked ‘Adagio’. Perhaps this suggests that human endurance may give legitimate occasion for pride. Handel’s counterpoint is usually worldly, if not mundane, with the harmonies ‘fitting in’ as though to some (humanly) pre-ordained scheme.

from notes by Wilfrid Mellers © 1995

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