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Suite No 6 in F sharp minor, HWV431
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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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Details
Movement 1: Prelude
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Movement 2: Largo
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Movement 3: Allegro: Fugue
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Movement 4: Gigue
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Suite No 6 in F sharp minor, HWV431
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Suite No 6 in F sharp minor takes us into a key problematical in Baroque tuning. As the dominant of tragic and suffering B minor, F sharp minor became for Bach a key appropriate to states of ecstasy or pain, while for Couperin it tended to imply sensuous exploration or mystical aspiration. Characteristically, Handel is more down-to-earth, though this suite is among the grandest in the cycle, with a prelude in French dotted rhythm, in four real parts, followed by a massive largo, also in double-dotted rhythm and thick in harmonic texture. The third movement is a spacious fugue making poignant use of suspensions and of sustained cadential pedal notes, while the final gigue, though conventionally frisky in a cross between Italian and French style, preserves a certain grittiness.

from notes by Wilfrid Mellers © 1995

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Details for CDA68041/2 disc 2 track 2
Largo
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-14-04202
Duration
1'57
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 2 Track 2
    Release date: May 2014
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