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Mr. Handel's Dinner / Steger, La Cetra


Release Date: 05/17/2019 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902607  
Composer:  George Frideric HandelFrancesco GeminianiGottfried FingerWilliam Babell
Performer:  Maurice StegerSebastian Wienand
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

London in the 1730s - musical life was flourishing around the figure of Handel. The Saxon composer also served as director; at the height of his fame he surrounded himself with the finest London musicians and was joined by many foreign composers to occupy the long breaks between the acts of his oratorios. Their musical interludes accompanied lavish dinners, during which Mr Handel escaped from the pit to indulge his gourmet tendencies.

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REVIEW:

Steger’s latest offering is a fun-filled imagining of the sorts of musical interludes that might have accompanied Handel’s interval dinners while his operas ruled the roost on London’s various stages. Extreme ensemble virtuosity, and the crackest of crack
Read more continuo units, are absolute non-negotiables when Steger’s around and La Cetra deliver on these throughout in joyous spadefuls.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Recorder in F Major after HWV 369 & 293 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Maurice Steger (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
Suite for Orchestra after HWV 1 & 287 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Maurice Steger (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3.
Concerti grossi (12) after Op. 5 of Arcangelo Corelli: no 11 in E major by Francesco Geminiani
Performer:  Maurice Steger (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1729; London, England 
4.
Ground for Recorder and Lute by Gottfried Finger
Performer:  Sebastian Wienand (Harpsichord), Maurice Steger (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in A minor, HWV 362/Op. 1 no 4 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sebastian Wienand (Harpsichord), Maurice Steger (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1726-1732; London, England 
6.
Trio Sonatas (7) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 4 in G major, HWV 399 - Passacaille by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Maurice Steger (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1737-1738; London, England 
7.
Babell's Concertos in 7 Parts, Op. 3: no 1 in D major by William Babell
Performer:  Maurice Steger (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1726 
8.
Trio Sonata for Recorder/Flute, Violin and Basso Continuo in C minor, HWV 386a/Op. 2 no 1a by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Maurice Steger (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1719; London, England 
9.
Chaconne and Variations (21) for Harpsichord in G major, HWV 435: Chaconne by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sebastian Wienand (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 

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