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Handel: Violin Sonatas / Minasi, Musica Antiqua Roma

Minasi,Riccardo
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 70531   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Riccardo Minasi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Roma
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The distinguished discography of Handel's violin sonatas includes fine versions by John Holloway (CRD), Andrew Manze (Harmonia Mundi), Hiro Kurosaki (Virgin) and Adrian Butterfield (Somm), just to name a few. DHM released a set by Julia Schröder only recently, so the label's issuing of a new survey by Musica Antiqua Roma is surprising. However, these performances are excellent for their lyrical sweetness, stylistic sensibilities, imaginative expressiveness and immaculate recorded sound (recorded in a quiet chapel in Siena).

Riccardo Minasi's lively playing is never clumsy and seldom forced: he has worked for Italian Baroque ensembles including Concerto Italiano, Il Giardino Armonico, Zefiro, Accademia Bizantina and La
Read more Risonanza, and usually avoids the eccentric mannerisms of the more maverick groups and frequently demonstrates the cantabile eloquence of the best of them. The dance-like Allegro ending to HWV 361 is articulated playfully, the solemn D minor Grave that begins HWV 359a is melancholic, and his firebrand soloing in the rushed opening Allegro of HWV 358 emphasizes the fervor of Handel's youthful Italian style.

Three sonatas are included that Handel probably did not compose (HWV 370, 372 and 375) but there's no doubting the authenticity of Handel's last chamber sonata, composed in about 1750 (HWV 371), which is given an emotionally adventurous performance from its rapturous opening Affetuoso to the quicksilver Allegro conclusion. Occasaionlly anachronistic plucked accompaniment seems unduly whimsical to me but otherwise cellist Marco Ceccato and harpsichordist Giulia Nuti provide exemplary support.

-- David Vickers, Gramophone [9/2012] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in G minor, HWV 364a/Op. 1 no 6 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Riccardo Minasi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1726-1732; London, England 
2.
Sonata for Recorder and Basso Continuo in G major, HWV 358 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Riccardo Minasi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in F major, HWV 370/Op. 1 no 12 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Riccardo Minasi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
4.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in E minor, HWV 359a/Op. 1 no 1 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Riccardo Minasi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1726-1732; London, England 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Riccardo Minasi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1750; London, England 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in A major, HWV 372/Op. 1 no 14 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Riccardo Minasi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in A major, HWV 361/Op. 1 no 3 by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Riccardo Minasi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1726-1732; London, England 
8.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in E minor, HWV 375 "Halle" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Riccardo Minasi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1730 
Notes: Version for Violin, Strings and Continuo. 
9.
Alcina, HWV 34: Credete al mio dolore by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Riccardo Minasi (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Roma
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
Notes: Arranged for Violin and Continuo. 

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