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Suite No 1 in A major, HWV426
composer
published in London in 1720 as part of a set of Suites de pièces pour le clavecin

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  
'Handel: Harpsichord Suites' (CDD22045)
Handel: Harpsichord Suites
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Details
Movement 1: Prelude
Track 1 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [2'22] 2CDs May 2014 Release
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Movement 2: Allemande
Track 2 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [3'50] 2CDs May 2014 Release
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Movement 3: Courante
Track 3 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [2'31] 2CDs May 2014 Release
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Movement 4: Gigue
Track 4 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [3'13] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 4 on CDD22045 CD1 [3'14] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Suite No 1 in A major, HWV426
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Suite No 1 in A major begins with a partially written-out version of an improvised French prelude with cascades of scales and arpeggios which exploit the instrument’s resonance as an amplified, mechanically-plucked lute. The key of A major was traditionally associated with youth and spring, and potentially with energy; Charpentier called it ‘joyeux et champêtre’. The allemande is grand, opening with scales imitated in inversion. After the modulation to the dominant and the double bar, the dotted figuration is inverted. Textures are characteristically stable and sturdy, as are those of the courante, which seems to revel in the harmonic richness which accrues from the moving inner parts. In this buoyant A major suite Handel dispenses with a sarabande and moves direct to a consummatory gigue in Italian style.

from notes by Wilfrid Mellers © 1995

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Details for CDA68041/2 disc 1 track 3
Courante
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-14-04103
Duration
2'31
Recording date
24 April 2013
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. Handel: The Eight Great Suites (CDA68041/2)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: May 2014
    2CDs May 2014 Release
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