Hyperion Records

Suite in C minor 'Partita', HWV444
composer
circa 1705/6; published in 1930

Recordings
'Handel: The Eight Great Suites' (CDA68041/2)
Handel: The Eight Great Suites
Pre-order CD by post £20.00 CDA68041/2  2CDs May 2014 Release  
Details
Movement 1: Prelude
Track 16 on CDA68041/2 CD2 [1'44] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Movement 2: Allemande (HWV445 version)
Track 17 on CDA68041/2 CD2 [4'26] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Movement 3: Courante
Track 18 on CDA68041/2 CD2 [1'50] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Movement 4: Gavotte
Track 19 on CDA68041/2 CD2 [1'03] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Movement 5: Menuet
Track 20 on CDA68041/2 CD2 [1'01] 2CDs May 2014 Release

Suite in C minor 'Partita', HWV444
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Unpublished until 1930, the Suite (Partita) in C minor, HWV444, dates from around 1705–6, when the young Handel was earning his living as composer-cum-harpsichordist at the Hamburg Opera. Shortly afterwards Handel revised the Allemande second movement for the incomplete Suite HWV445, in the process enriching its textures. In Handel’s manuscript the C minor Suite’s brooding, improvisatory Prelude is notated in block chords with the superscription arpeggio. After the Allemande comes an Italianate Courante, like a fast minuet, followed by a Gavotte of sober grace and a Minuet whose faint gawkiness is typical of the works the young Handel wrote before his Italian sojourn.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2014

Track-specific metadata
Click track numbers opposite to select

   English   Français   Deutsch