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Handel Week - Eight Great Suites

Catherine Bott is joined by harpsichordist Laurence Cummings to discuss Handel's keyboard music. They focus on the Eight Great Suites for harpsichord.

Catherine Bott talks to harpsichordist Laurence Cummings about Handel as both a virtuoso keyboard player and composer for the keyboard.

Much of Handel's keyboard music was occasional or improvised, so it is now lost. But soon after he settled in London, a collection called the Eight Great Suites was issued. Laurence has recorded these works in the Handel House Museum in Brook Street, London, and discusses them and plays excerpts.

Playlist:

Handel: Prelude (Suite in D minor, HWV428 - 1720 No 3)
Laurence Cummings (on harpsichord recorded at the Handel House Museum in London)

Zachow: Fuga Finalis (Suite in B minor)
Carole Cerasi (harpsichord)
METRONOME MET CD 1055, Trs 4-5

Handel: Prelude (Suite in F sharp minor, HWV431 - 1720 No 6)
Laurence Cummings (on harpsichord recorded at the Handel House Museum in London)

Handel: Allemande (Suite in A, HWV426 - 1720 No 1)
Laurence Cummings (on harpsichord recorded at the Handel House Museum in London)

Handel: Courante Suite in A, HWV426 - 1720 No 1)
Laurence Cummings (on harpsichord recorded at the Handel House Museum in London)

Handel: Courante (Suite in F minor, HWV433 - 1720 No 8)
Laurence Cummings (on harpsichord recorded at the Handel House Museum in London)

Handel: Three minuets in A, HWV545, 547 and 546
Christopher Hogwood (Bodechtel clavichord)
METRONOME METCD 1060 CD 2, Trs 1-3

Handel: Fugue in C minor, HWV610
Christopher Hogwood (Hass clavichord)
METRONOME METCD 1060 CD 1, Tr 8

Handel: Fugue (Suite in F, HWV 427 - 1720 No 2)
Laurence Cummings (on harpsichord recorded at the Handel House Museum in London)

Handel: Theme and variations (Harmonious Blacksmith) - Suite in E, HWV430 - 1720 No 5)
Laurence Cummings (on harpsichord recorded at the Handel House Museum in London)

Handel: Sarabande (Suite in E minor, HWV429 - 1720 No 4)
Laurence Cummings (on harpsichord recorded at the Handel House Museum in London)

Handel: Gigue (Suite in G minor, HWV 432 - 1720 No 7)
Laurence Cummings (on harpsichord recorded at the Handel House Museum in London)

Handel: Passacaglia (Suite in G minor, HWV432 - 1720 No 7)
Laurence Cummings (on harpsichord recorded at the Handel House Museum in London).

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