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Chaconne in G major, HWV435
published as No 2 of a set of nine suites by John Walsh around 1733; with 21 variations

'Handel: The Eight Great Suites' (CDA68041/2)
Handel: The Eight Great Suites
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'Handel & Haydn: Angela Hewitt plays Handel & Haydn' (CDA67736)
Handel & Haydn: Angela Hewitt plays Handel & Haydn
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'Edwin Fischer – The First Beethoven Sonata Recordings' (APR5502)
Edwin Fischer – The First Beethoven Sonata Recordings
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Track 24 on CDA68041/2 CD2 [11'11] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 1 on CDA67736 [7'28]
Track 4 on APR5502 [6'10]

Chaconne in G major, HWV435
The Chaconne in G major with twenty-one variations was published as ‘Suite No 2’ in the 1733 collection. This magnificent piece is Handel at his most Gallic, with shades of the clavecinistes—Rameau, Couperin—in the elaborately ornamented Sarabande theme and several of the variations. In time-honoured fashion, the figuration grows increasingly animated during the early variations. Variations 9 to 16 are in G minor, beginning with a tender contrapuntal meditation on the theme—one of Handel’s most poetic keyboard inventions. By the time the major key re-emerges in variation 17, Handelian virtuosity is again in full spate. We can imagine the composer playing this Chaconne on his colourful two-manual Ruckers harpsichord at home in Brook Street, to the astonished delight of privileged visitors.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2014

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Details for CDA67736 track 1
Recording date
18 March 2009
Recording venue
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany
Recording producer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Recording engineer
Ludger Böckenhoff
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  1. Handel & Haydn: Angela Hewitt plays Handel & Haydn (CDA67736)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 2009
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