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Chaconne in G major
composer
1703/6; original orchestral version; Berlin, Staatsbibliothek MS 9161 (H2); reconstructed by Paul Nicholson

Recordings
'English 18th-century Keyboard Concertos' (CDH55341)
English 18th-century Keyboard Concertos
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55341  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Track 1 on CDH55341 [6'51] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Chaconne in G major
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Handel’s Chaconne in G major survives in five distinct versions, of which the earliest seems to date from Handel’s period in Hamburg (1703–06). It does not survive in orchestral score, but the keyboard part of the first variation is marked ‘Tutti’, and has a figured bass, while the last is marked ‘Tutti Stromenti’; Paul Nicholson has realized them for orchestra, as well as adding orchestral parts to the simple variation that comes immediately after the central G minor section. The Chaconne in G major circulated in England as a solo keyboard piece, and was twice published in that form, but Handel seems to have continued to use it as a concerto on occasion, for among his autographs in the Fitzwilliam Museum is a different version of the opening orchestral ritornello, apparently written around 1739.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1994

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66700 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-70001
Duration
6'51
Recording date
30 October 1993
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. English 18th-century Keyboard Concertos (CDA66700)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: May 1994
    Deletion date: October 2007
    Superseded by CDH55341
  2. English 18th-century Keyboard Concertos (CDH55341)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: July 2009
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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