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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
APR5534  Download only  
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 APR5534 track 18
Movement 4: Air, with five variations 'The harmonious blacksmith'
Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-06-53418
Duration
3'15
Recording date
19 October 1908
Recording venue
London, United Kingdom
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Hyperion usage
  1. The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 4 – Diémer, Eibenschütz, Hofmann & Backhaus (APR5534)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: October 2006
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