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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: 2 minutes 40 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 in E major, HWV612
circa 1717 ?

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The E major Fugue was probably written about the same time as the ‘Six’ (1717) and has a springy arpeggiated subject which glimmers but is hardly celestial. The published ending, wavering in parallel sixths over a dominant pedal, has been dismissed as ‘inauthentic’, and replaced by a Handelian cliché, for better or worse.

from notes by Wilfrid Mellers © 1995

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