Handel: Suites pour Clavecin / Hantai

Release Date: 12/11/2020
Label: Mirare
Catalog Number: 480
Performer: Pierre Hantaï
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
A New York Times Top 25 Classical Track Choice for 2020

A European bestseller in their time, Händel’s 1720 suites are far from having regained, in concert and on disc, the eminent place they once held. Does the fault lie with the anathema pronounced by the ‘pope’ Gustav Leonhardt, who always openly shunned Händel? With the man himself, a startling virtuoso, but keener to compose for the opera? With recordings that are often pleasant but rarely showcase the strongest personalities of their generation?

Three decades after the exceptional Scott Ross, Pierre Hantaï in his turn is determined to rehabilitate Händel the harpsichord composer.

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REVIEW:

Handel’s eight suites for harpsichord have sometimes been viewed more or less as training exercises. Pierre Hantaï, known for his vivid Scarlatti, dispels the slightly derogatory preconceptions with suave danciness and lucid touch.

– New York Times (Zachary Woolfe)
Works on This Recording
1. Suite for Harpsichord in A major, HWV 426 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1720 ; London, England
2. Suite for Harpsichord in F major, HWV 427 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1720 ; London, England
3. Suite for Harpsichord in D minor, HWV 428 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1720 ; London, England
4. Fugues or Voluntaries (6) for Organ: no 6 in C minor, HWV 610 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1735 ; London, England
5. Suite for Harpsichord in E minor, HWV 429 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1720 ; London, England
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