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Georg Friedrich Händel
Lisa Smirnova
Die Acht Grossen Suiten

Lisa Smirnova piano
 
CD 1

Suite No. 2 F Major HWV 427
Adagio
Allegro
Adagio
Allegro

Suite No. 8 F Minor HWV 433
Prelude. Adagio
Allegro
Allemande
Courante
Gigue

Suite No. 4 E Minor HWV 429
Allegro
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Gigue

Suite No. 5 E Major HWV 430
Prelude
Allemande
Courante
Air – Double 1-5

CD 2

Suite No. 3 D Minor HWV 428
Prelude. Presto
Allegro
Allemande
Courante
Air – Double 1-5
Presto

Suite No. 6 F Sharp Minor HWV 431
Prelude
Largo
Allegro
Gigue. Presto

Suite No. 1 A Major HWV 426
Prelude
Allemande
Courante
Gigue

Suite No. 7 G Minor HWV 432
Ouverture
Andante
Allegro
Sarabande
Gigue
Passacaille

Recorded May 2007, May-June 2008 and February 2009

ECM New Series 2213_14
 
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ECM New Series debut for Lisa Smirnova, playing Georg Friedrich Händel’s Eight Great Suites (1720), also known as “The Eight London Suites” or “Suites de Pièces pour le Clavecin”, major pieces in the keyboard literature, too rarely brought together on disc. The 1720 edition of suites (HWV 426-433), published by the composer himself, is amongst the most important collections of Handel’s early works. Handel’s early biographer John Mainwaring noted that the “fullness and activity of the inner parts” of these keyboard works ensures that “few persons are capable of doing them justice”. Smirnova who has worked extensively on the Eight Great Suites, rises comprehensively to the challenge, on the modern piano, in these recordings made at Schloss Goldegg in Austria.

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