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Suite No 2 in F major, HWV427
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 & Haydn: Angela Hewitt plays Handel & Haydn' (CDA67736)
Handel & Haydn: Angela Hewitt plays Handel & Haydn
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67736  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Handel: Harpsichord Suites' (CDD22045)
Handel: Harpsichord Suites
Buy by post £10.50 CDD22045  2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)  
Details
Movement 1: Adagio
Track 5 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [2'30] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 2 on CDA67736 [3'08]
Track 5 on CDD22045 CD1 [2'09] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 2: Allegro
Track 6 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [2'19] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 3 on CDA67736 [2'27]
Track 6 on CDD22045 CD1 [2'28] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 3: Adagio
Track 7 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [1'31] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 4 on CDA67736 [2'15]
Track 7 on CDD22045 CD1 [1'24] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 4: Allegro: Fugue
Track 8 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [2'09] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 5 on CDA67736 [2'16]
Track 8 on CDD22045 CD1 [2'15] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Suite No 2 in F major, HWV427
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Suite No 2 in F major is closer to an Italian slow–quick–slow–quick sonata than to a French suite proper. F major was traditionally a pastoral, ‘down-to-earth’ key, but Handel’s first movement, far from being a quasi-improvised keyboard exercise, is a civilized and highly ornamented quasi-operatic aria, while the bustling allegro which follows is a vigorously Italianate two-part invention, more urban than rustic in harmonic solidity and neatness of texture. The next movement, in the relative, D minor, has the pulse of a sarabande, but it is also an operatic aria in miniature, ending with a written-out, quasi-vocal cadenza. This leads back to the tonic F major and into a powerful fugue, initially in three parts but introducing a fourth after chromatic intensification.

from notes by Wilfrid Mellers © 1995

Track-specific metadata
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Details for CDA66931/2 disc 1 track 7
Adagio
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-93107
Duration
1'24
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 7
    Release date: February 1995
    Deletion date: November 2002
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22045
  2. Handel: Harpsichord Suites (CDD22045)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 2002
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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