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Handel: Harpsichord Suites / Ottavio Dantone


Release Date: 01/25/2005 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 47699   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Handel's compact Sixth Suite elicits fine work from harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone. Listen for example to the Prélude's well-adjusted runs and decorations, to the crisply delineated Largo, or the fluent, relaxed Gigue. Dantone also shines in the serious, large-scaled Seventh Suite. He effects a seamless transition between the Ouverture's tempo changes and imaginatively embellishes the repeats, as he also does in the Sarabande. The concluding Passacaglia, of course, presents an open invitation for Dantone to tastefully exploit his instrument's registral capabilities.

Dantone's protracted tempo for Suite No. 8's opening Prélude borders on static, but he compensates with a brisk and energetic Fugue. However, the
Read more Allemande and Courante show how Dantone's fondness for agogic adjustments occasionally pulls focus from rhythmic continuity. My descriptions of Dantone's stylistic proclivities equally apply to a selection of short works that fill out this disc. For example, Dantone's textual embroidery and frequent tempo fluctuations throughout the wonderful G major Chaconne make us not miss the lack of repeats. Fine sound, well-written annotations.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Harpsichord in F sharp minor, HWV 431 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Villa Medici, Briosco, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Harpsichord in G minor, HWV 432 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Villa Medici, Briosco, Italy 
Length: 20 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Harpsichord in F minor, HWV 433 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Villa Medici, Briosco, Italy 
Length: 14 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4.
Chaconne and Variations (21) for Harpsichord in G major, HWV 435: Chaconne by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Villa Medici, Briosco, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Villa Medici, Briosco, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Capriccio in G minor, HWV 483 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Villa Medici, Briosco, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7.
Fugues or Voluntaries (6) for Organ: no 2 in G major, HWV 606 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Villa Medici, Briosco, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8.
Capriccio for Harpsichord in A minor by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Villa Medici, Briosco, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
9.
Fugues or Voluntaries (6) for Organ: no 5 in A minor, HWV 609 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1735; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Villa Medici, Briosco, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
10.
Sonatina for Harpsichord in G minor, HWV 583 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Villa Medici, Briosco, Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 41 Secs. 
11.
Air in G minor, HWV 467 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Ottavio Dantone (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1735 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Villa Medici, Briosco, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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