Handel - Trio Sonatas for Two Violins and Basso Continuo | Avie AV2357

Handel - Trio Sonatas for Two Violins and Basso Continuo


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Label: Avie

Cat No: AV2357

Barcode: 0822252235722

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 11th March 2016



The Brook Street Band


Handel, George Frideric

Sinfonia in B flat major, HWV339
Trio Sonata in B flat major, HWV50a (arr. from overture to 'Esther')
Trio Sonata in C major, HWV403
Trio Sonatas (10), op.2 HWV386a-394
» no.1a in C minor, HWV386a
» no.7 in F major, HWV392
» no.8 in G minor, HWV393
» no.9 in E major, HWV394


The Brook Street Band


The Brook Street Band celebrates its 20th anniversary as a leading light and champion of the music of Handel with another imaginative album that completes the ensemble's survey of Handel's Trio Sonatas for violins and continuo. A bonus is an arrangement for two violins and basso continuo of the overture to Handel's oratorio Esther.

‘These performances have a powerful stamp of authority...Handel himself would have found real cause for celebration.’ - International Record Review on Handel's ‘Cello’ Sonatas (AV2118)

‘if you need instant sunshine, play this disc.’ - The Times on Handel's Trio Sonatas Op.5 (AV2068)

‘Stylish and imaginative programme... Their pleasure in the music is infectious.’ - Gramophone Editor's Choice on Handel's ‘Oxford’ Water Music (AV0028)

The Brook Street Band:
- Rachel Harris (baroque violin)
- Farran Scott (baroque violin)
- Tatty Theo (baroque cello)
- Carolyn Gibley


Named after Handel’s London address, the Brook Street Band celebrates its 20th birthday with this release of the composer’s lesser-known trio sonatas – and if that sounds dry, the performances are anything but. Not all the musical material is unfamiliar, either, thanks to Handel’s penchant for recycling. That is most obvious in the “Saul” sonata, HWV 403, which shares music with the oratorio. … Cellist and band founder Tatty Theo, violinists Rachel Harris and Farran Scott, and harpsichordist Carolyn Gibley approach everything with a spring in their step, relishing the harmonic crunches and keeping everything vital and vivacious.  Erica Jeal

The Guardian 15 April 2016

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