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

Recordings
'Handel & Haydn: Angela Hewitt plays Handel & Haydn' (CDA67736)
Handel & Haydn: Angela Hewitt plays Handel & Haydn
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67736  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Edwin Fischer – The First Beethoven Sonata Recordings' (APR5502)
Edwin Fischer – The First Beethoven Sonata Recordings
APR5502  Download only  
'Handel: The Eight Great Suites' (CDA68041/2)
Handel: The Eight Great Suites
Buy by post £20.00 CDA68041/2  2CDs   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Details
Track 1 on CDA67736 [7'28]
Track 24 on CDA68041/2 CD2 [11'11] 2CDs
Track 4 on APR5502 [6'10] Download only

Chaconne in G major, HWV435
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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 APR5502 track 4
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-93-50204
Duration
6'10
Recording date
1 October 1931
Recording venue
Berlin, Germany
Recording producer
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Hyperion usage
  1. Edwin Fischer – The First Beethoven Sonata Recordings (APR5502)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: August 1993
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