Handel: Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo
Title:

Handel: Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo

Artists:

The Brook Street Band

Release Date:

1st June 2018

Cat No:

AV2387

Price:

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Summary:

The Brook Street Band’s passion for the music of George Frideric Handel shines through on this recording of the nine Violin Sonatas by – or attributed to – the Baroque composer. The ensemble’s 10th release for AVIE compliments its critically acclaimed and award-winning discography of a wide variety of Handel’s chamber music and vocal works. Combining consummate artistry with characteristic inquisitiveness, The Brook Street Band – posing the question ‘how many violin sonatas did Handel actually compose?’ – offers nine works composed over a span of 40 years, from the German-born Handel’s early years honing his style in Italy to his later years as a leading light in London. He composed some and his name has been variously ascribed by others, depending on which publisher was cashing in, perhaps in cahoots with the commerically-minded composer. But who really knows and one could ask who cares, especially with music of such colour performed with such panache.

Tracklist:

George Frideric Handel 1685-1759
Violin Sonata in G, HWV 358
1. I. [Allegro] (1.57)
2. II. [Adagio] (0.49)
3. III. [Allegro] (2.35)
Violin Sonata in D minor, HWV 359a
4. I. Grave (2.32)
5. II. Allegro (1.43)
6. III. Adagio (0.51)
7. IV. Allegro (2.35)
Violin Sonata in A, HWV 361
8. I. Andante (2.26)
9. II. Allegro (1.54)
10. III. Adagio (0.50)
11. IV. Allegro (2.43)
Violin Sonata in G minor, HWV 364a
12. I. Larghetto (1.56)
13. II. Allegro (1.44)
14. III. Adagio (0.41)
15. IV. Allegro (2.14)
Violin Sonata in A, HWV 372
16. I. Adagio (1.15)
17. II. Allegro (2.24)
18. III. Largo (1.14)
19. IV. Allegro (2.57)
Violin Sonata in E, HWV 373
20. I. Adagio (1.54)
21. II. Allegro (2.53)
22. III. Largo (1.35)
23. IV. Allegro (2.47)
Violin Sonata in G minor HWV 368
24. I. Andante (2.19)
25. II. Allegro (2.49)
26. III. Adagio (2.01)
27. IV. [Allegro moderato] (2.32)
Violin Sonata in F, HWV 370
28. I. Adagio (3.12)
29. II. Allegro (2.13)
30. III. Largo (3.19)
31. IV. Allegro (3.53)
Violin Sonata in D, HWV 371
32. I. Affettuoso (3.11)
33. II. Allegro (2.57)
34. III. Larghetto (2.46)
35. IV. Allegro (3.55)
Total time: 80.00

The Brook Street Band
Rachel Harris baroque violin
Tatty Theo baroque cello · Carolyn Gibley harpsichord

Recorded 23–26 January 2018, The Great Barn, Oxnead Hall, Norfolk
Producer, balance engineer and editing: Simon Fox-Gál

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