Handel: Complete Harpsichord Suites

Handel: Complete Harpsichord Suites
Composer Georg Frideric Handel
Artist Michael Borgstede harpsichord
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 93713
EAN code 5028421937137
Release January 2009

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Handel’s harpsichord music may have languished in the shadow of Bach’s more famed mastery of the instrument, but as these new recordings and scholarly notes by Michael Borgstede show, such comparisons are invidious. Handel was known as a superb keyboard player, and these dance suites exploit the expressive and technical resources of his instrument with no less mastery than that of his Leipzig counterpart, and with a joie de vivre that makes listening a constant diversion and delight.

Michael Borgstede has recorded Bach for Brilliant Classics, as well as the complete Couperin – of which Gramophone noted that "his playing is consistent in its textural clarity, crisp ornamentation and level-headed grasp of the music." There are very few rival sets of this music on record, and Borgstede has made an important contribution to what will be the worldwide celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death in 2009.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2008.
- Extensive booklet notes by the performer.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: I. Prelude
  2. Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: II. Allemande
  3. Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: III. Courante
  4. Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: IV. Gigue
  5. Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427: I. Adagio
  6. Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427: II. Allegro
  7. Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427: III. Adagio
  8. Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427: IV. Allegro
  9. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: I. Prelude: Presto
  10. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: II. Allegro
  11. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: III. Allemande
  12. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: IV. Courante
  13. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: V. Air
  14. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: VI. Presto
  15. Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429: I. Allegro
  16. Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429: II. Allemande
  17. Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429: III. Courante
  18. Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429: IV. Sarabande
  19. Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429: V. Gigue

Disk 2

  1. Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: I. Prelude
  2. Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: II. Allemande
  3. Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: III. Courante
  4. Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IV. Air
  5. Suite No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor, HWV 431: I. Prelude
  6. Suite No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor, HWV 431: II. Largo
  7. Suite No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor, HWV 431: III. Allegro
  8. Suite No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor, HWV 431: IV. Gigue (Presto)
  9. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: I. Ouverture: Largo – Presto – Lentement
  10. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: II. Andante
  11. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: III. Allegro
  12. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: IV. Sarabande
  13. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: V. Gigue
  14. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: VI. Passacaille
  15. Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433: I. Prelude: Adagio
  16. Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433: II. Fugue
  17. Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433: III. Allemande
  18. Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433: IV. Courante
  19. Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433: V. Gigue

Disk 3

  1. Suite No. 1 in B-Flat Major, HWV 434: I. Prelude
  2. Suite No. 1 in B-Flat Major, HWV 434: II. Sonata
  3. Suite No. 1 in B-Flat Major, HWV 434: III. Aria con Variazioni
  4. Suite No. 1 in B-Flat Major, HWV 434: IV. Minuet
  5. Chacone in G Major, HWV 435
  6. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 436: I. Allemande
  7. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 436: II. Allegro
  8. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 436: III. Air: Lentement
  9. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 436: IV. Gigue: Presto
  10. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 436: V. Menuetto
  11. Suite No. 4 in D Minor, HWV 437: I. Allmand
  12. Suite No. 4 in D Minor, HWV 437: II. Corrant
  13. Suite No. 4 in D Minor, HWV 437: III. Saraband
  14. Suite No. 4 in D Minor, HWV 437: IV. Jigg
  15. Suite No. 5 in E Minor, HWV 438: I. Allmand
  16. Suite No. 5 in E Minor, HWV 438: II. Saraband
  17. Suite No. 5 in E Minor, HWV 438: III. Jigg

Disk 4

  1. Suite No. 6 in G Minor, HWV 439: I. Allmand
  2. Suite No. 6 in G Minor, HWV 439: II. Corrant
  3. Suite No. 6 in G Minor, HWV 439: III. Jigg
  4. Suite No. 7 in B-Flat Major, HWV 440: I. Allmand
  5. Suite No. 7 in B-Flat Major, HWV 440: II. Corrant
  6. Suite No. 7 in B-Flat Major, HWV 440: III. Saraband
  7. Suite No. 7 in B-Flat Major, HWV 440: IV. Jigg
  8. Suite No. 8 in G Major, HWV 441: I. Allemande
  9. Suite No. 8 in G Major, HWV 441: II. Allegro
  10. Suite No. 8 in G Major, HWV 441: III. Corante
  11. Suite No. 8 in G Major, HWV 441: IV. Aria: Presto
  12. Suite No. 8 in G Major, HWV 441: V. Menuetto
  13. Suite No. 8 in G Major, HWV 441: VI. Gavotta
  14. Suite No. 8 in G Major, HWV 441: VII. Gigue
  15. Preludio: Allegro
  16. Vo´ far guerra from Rinaldo