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Microcosm Concerto: Harp Music By Handel

Handel / Jones / Babell / Bochsa / Galassi / Togni
Release Date: 12/08/2009 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 921303   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelWilliam BabellAnonymousEdward Jones,   ... 
Performer:  Mara GalassiGiovanni Togni
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The story of Handel's associations with the harp and also those of harpists with his music stretches out across more than a century, from before the composer's arrival in London in 1712 until well into the 19th century, when arrangements of his works were continuing still to be published. In an original and novel CD - in which the harpist Mara Galassi performs on two contrasting period instruments, a Welsh triple harp and an Érard pedal harp - there appear both compositions written by Handel for the instrument, such as the Harp Concerto HWV 294 and the Suite in D minor HWV 448, as well as later arrangements by composers such as Edward Jones and Nicolas Charles Bochsa, in new works partially attributed (in a somewhat doubtful manner) Read more to Handel. Read less

Works on This Recording

Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 448 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Mara Galassi (Celtic Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Transcription for keyboard of "Lascia ch'io piange" from Handel's "Rinaldo" by William Babell
Performer:  Mara Galassi (Celtic Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Concerto for Harp in B flat major, Op. 4 no 6/HWV 294 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Giovanni Togni (Organ), Mara Galassi (Celtic Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Theme & Variations after themes from Handel, for harp by Anonymous
Performer:  Mara Galassi (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
The Microcosm Concerto, for harp & continuo (after Handel) by Edward Jones
Performer:  Giovanni Togni (Harpsichord), Mara Galassi (Celtic Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 12 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Introduction on Handel's "O Let Eternal Honours" and Air "From Mighty Kings", for harp & harpsichord by Nicholas Charles Bochsa
Performer:  Mara Galassi (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
For unto us a Child is born, for harp & harpsichord (flute & cello ad libitum) (after Handel) by Nicholas Charles Bochsa
Performer:  Giovanni Togni (Fortepiano), Mara Galassi (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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