Handel - The Complete Solo Sonatas for Wind Instruments | Accent ACC24308

Handel - The Complete Solo Sonatas for Wind Instruments


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Label: Accent

Cat No: ACC24308

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 15th June 2015



In the year 1712 Handel permanently settled in England, where he was able to concentrate on his chief passion - opera. His obligation to his patrons, connected with the fact that operas could not be performed the whole year round, ensured that Handel also composed a not inconsiderable number of instrumental works, including solo sonatas for transverse flute, recorder and oboe with basso continuo accompaniment.

It is clear from the autograph manuscripts and early printed editions of these solo sonatas that, in this case as well, Handel made plentiful use of the recycling procedure so typical of him. Many sonatas exist in versions for various wind instruments as well as for violin, which in some cases differ in their respective keys and number of movements. It is also striking that many sonatas were reworked in later printed editions so that they would be playable on the transverse flute, an instrument that was becoming ever more popular in England at that time.

The Accent label has now compiled all the solo sonatas for woodwinds on a double CD that also takes the different versions of the pieces into account. The soloists are proven experts in their field.

Flute Sonatas:
Barthold Kuijken (transverse flute)
Robert Kohnen (harpsichord)
Wieland Kuijken (viola da gamba)

Recorder Sonatas:
Peter Van Heyghen (recorder)
Kris Verhelst (harpsichord)

Oboe Sonatas:
Marcel Ponseele (oboe)
Ewald Demeyere (harpsichord)
Richte Van Der Meer (violoncello)

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