Handel - 20 Sonatas ’Opus 1’ | Hyperion CDS444113

Handel - 20 Sonatas ’Opus 1’


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDS444113

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 29th September 2014



The twenty sonatas on this recording show Handel writing for the professional musicians of his London opera orchestra. They demand considerable skill and stamina both from the soloist and the continuo.

Prominent bass parts give the sonatas a contrapuntal strength and vitality, and Handel keeps the elements of display and purely musical argument in admirable balance in these works. For this reason, they are among the most attractive Baroque solo sonatas and deserve their lasting popularity.

[previously CDA66921/3]

Here is all the ‘Op 1’ you could ever want, in performances which, in the present state of the art, I cannot see beaten’ - BBC Music Magazine Top 1000 CDs Guide

This set gives authoritative readings, impeccable in style, dependable in text’ - Gramophone

The performances in this attractive set are further distinguished by an interpretive sponaneity that invariably brings the music to life’ - BBC Music Magazine

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