Handel: Keyboard Suites, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Of course, the listener can tell the Handel "Suites" played by Andrei Gavrilov from the Handel "Suites" played by Sviatoslav Richter. Gavrilov's "Suites" are superbly played, thoughtfully performed, and persuasively interpreted. Richter's "Suites," however, are supremely well played, penetratingly performed, and profoundly interpreted. Gavrilov's "Suites" are among the best recordings of the "Suites" ever made, catching the works' playfulness and seriousness, their sense of intimacy, and their sense of entertainment. Richter's "Suites," however, are among the best recordings of anything ever made, plumbing the depths of the works' emotions, reaching the heights of their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Of course, the listener can tell the Handel "Suites" played by Andrei Gavrilov from the Handel "Suites" played by Sviatoslav Richter. Gavrilov's "Suites" are superbly played, thoughtfully performed, and persuasively interpreted. Richter's "Suites," however, are supremely well played, penetratingly performed, and profoundly interpreted. Gavrilov's "Suites" are among the best recordings of the "Suites" ever made, catching the works' playfulness and seriousness, their sense of intimacy, and their sense of entertainment. Richter's "Suites," however, are among the best recordings of anything ever made, plumbing the depths of the works' emotions, reaching the heights of their excitement, and realizing all the greatness and magnificence of their genius. Some listeners might legitimately prefer the "Suites" performed on the harpsichord, the instrument for which Handel intended them. But any listener with ears to hear should hear these recordings. Gavrilov is as good as the best. Richter, however, is better than the best. EMI's early-'80s sound is perhaps a bit too recessed and a little too reverberant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724358654028
  • Catalog Number: 86540
  • Sales rank: 53,626

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.1 in A major, HWV 426 - George Frideric Handel & Andrei Gavrilov (11:12)
  2. 2 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.2 in F major, HWV 427: 1: Adagio - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (3:28)
  3. 3 Water Music Suite No.2 for orchestra in D major, HWV 349: 2: Allegro - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (2:13)
  4. 4 Chaconne for harpsichord in G major (Suite No 2 of the 2nd set of Harpsichord suites), HWV 435: 3: Adagio - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (1:45)
  5. 5 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.2 in F major, HWV 427: 4: Fuga (Allegro) - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (2:34)
  6. 9–14 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.3 in D Minor, HWV 428 - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (23:42)
  7. 15–19 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.4 in E minor, HWV 429 - George Frideric Handel & Andrei Gavrilov (14:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.5 in E major ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), HWV 430 - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (13:21)
  2. 5–8 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.6 in F sharp Minor, HWV 431 - George Frideric Handel & Andrei Gavrilov (10:28)
  3. 9–14 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.7 in G Minor, HWV 432 - George Frideric Handel & Andrei Gavrilov (23:03)
  4. 15–19 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.8 in F Minor, HWV 433 - George Frideric Handel & Sviatoslav Richter (12:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sviatoslav Richter Primary Artist
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