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Suite No 5 in E major, HWV430
composer
circa 1710; published in London in 1720 as part of a set of Suites de pièces pour le clavecin

Recordings
'Handel: Harpsichord Suites' (CDD22045)
Handel: Harpsichord Suites
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'Handel: The Eight Great Suites' (CDA68041/2)
Handel: The Eight Great Suites
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'Harold Bauer – The complete recordings' (APR7302)
Harold Bauer – The complete recordings
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'Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings' (APR7503)
Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings
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'The Maiden's Prayer' (CDH55410)
The Maiden's Prayer
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'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus' (APR5534)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus
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Details
Movement 1: Prelude
Track 20 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [1'54] 2CDs
Track 20 on CDD22045 CD1 [2'03] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 2: Allemande
Track 21 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [4'10] 2CDs
Track 21 on CDD22045 CD1 [3'28] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 3: Courante
Track 22 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [1'49] 2CDs
Track 22 on CDD22045 CD1 [2'09] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 4: Air, with five variations 'The harmonious blacksmith'
Track 9 on CDH55410 [4'45] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 23 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [4'05] 2CDs
Track 23 on CDD22045 CD1 [4'35] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 18 on APR5534 [3'15] Download only
Track 11 on APR7302 CD2 [3'17] Download only
Track 1 on APR7503 CD5 [4'37] Download only

Suite No 5 in E major, HWV430
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Suite No 5 in E major is a step further up the cycle of fifths from ‘youthful’ A major and E is the sharpest (and ‘highest’) key in general use. It was traditionally associated with heaven, but in the works of Handel it would seem that paradise is firmly terrestrial. True, the free-flowing prelude, the allemande and the courante are all lucidly gracious, but Handel dispenses with a sarabande and as his finale offers a variation-set on a tune so earthy in metrical symmetry and diatonic in harmonization that it quickly won the popular title of ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’. Again, Handel steers aristocratic finesse towards a rawly demotic future. Though Handel’s blacksmith, benign in harmony, may attempt celestial levitation in the shooting scales of his final variation, the effect is more comic than transcendent.

from notes by Wilfrid Mellers © 1995

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Details for CDD22045 disc 1 track 23
Air, with five variations 'The harmonious blacksmith'
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-93123
Duration
4'35
Recording date
1 May 1994
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel: The Eight Great Suites (CDA66931/2)
    Disc 1 Track 23
    Release date: February 1995
    Deletion date: November 2002
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22045
  2. Handel: Harpsichord Suites (CDD22045)
    Disc 1 Track 23
    Release date: November 2002
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Licensing
1.Audio tour The Commandery: Worcester City Museums Group, permanent collection
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