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Suite No 3 in D minor, HWV428
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
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'Handel: Harpsichord Suites' (CDD22045)
Handel: Harpsichord Suites
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'Edwin Fischer – The First Beethoven Sonata Recordings' (APR5502)
Edwin Fischer – The First Beethoven Sonata Recordings
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Details
Movement 1: Prelude
Track 9 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [1'01] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 9 on CDD22045 CD1 [1'04] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 1 on APR5502 [1'00]
Movement 2: Allegro: Fugue
Track 10 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [2'32] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 10 on CDD22045 CD1 [3'06] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 3: Allemande
Track 11 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [3'46] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 11 on CDD22045 CD1 [4'46] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 4: Courante
Track 12 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [1'32] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 12 on CDD22045 CD1 [2'03] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 5: Air, with five variations
Track 13 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [8'51] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 13 on CDD22045 CD1 [9'28] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 2 on APR5502 [5'30]
Movement 6: Presto
Track 14 on CDA68041/2 CD1 [4'25] 2CDs May 2014 Release
Track 14 on CDD22045 CD1 [5'04] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 3 on APR5502 [1'58]

Suite No 3 in D minor, HWV428
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Suite No 3 in D minor has a prelude which is a wildly whirling toccata with a dotted-rhythm subject in which the dots may or may not be reiterated throughout the entries. A dotted-rhythmed allemande reminds us that Charpentier had described the key of D minor as ‘grave et dévot’; and a certain wistfulness, if not gravity, is preserved in the Italianate corrente. But the next movement abandons the format of a conventional suite, being an air with variations. The air itself, like that of Bach’s ‘Goldberg’ Variations, is richly ornamented, and approaches Bachian sublimity. The five variations, however, eschew this old-world formal and spiritual grace, simply taking over the air’s harmonic base and adding lyrical semiquavers for the right hand. The second variation inverts this, placing the chord sequence in the right hand, the semiquavers in the left. The third variation has melodic but sturdily metrical parts for treble and bass which define the fundamental harmonies, leaving the semiquavers to form a middle part. The fourth variation jigs the tune in 12/8, and the fifth and final variation, in broken chords, is the plainest but also the most energetic. Unlike Bach, Handel does not return to his seraphically ornate aria but whisks this climactic variation into a final presto in 3/8, aggressive in muscularity, its thrust reinforced with trills.

from notes by Wilfrid Mellers © 1995

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Details for CDA68041/2 disc 1 track 12
Courante
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-14-04112
Duration
1'32
Recording date
24 April 2013
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel: The Eight Great Suites (CDA68041/2)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: May 2014
    2CDs May 2014 Release
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