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Handel: Suites for Harpsichord, volume 1

Eight Harpsichord Suites by G F Handel

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2011


Gilbert Rowland



Holy Trinity Church, Weston


John Taylor

Record Label
Divine Art




Total Time - 146:10
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Handel: Suites for Harpsichord, volume 1




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Suite in D minor for Harpsichord, HWV428

1 I I. Prelude - Presto 1:12
2 II II. Allegro 2:41
3 III III. Allemande 4:34
4 IV IV. Courante 2:11
5 V V. Air and 5 Variations 8:52
6 VI VI. Presto 5:22

Suite in A major for harpsichord, HWV454

7 I I. Allemande 5:30
8 II II. Courante 3:24
9 III III. Sarabande 2:24
10 IV IV. Gigue 3:17

Suite in E minor for harpsichord, HWV438

11 I I. Allemande 3:48
12 II II. Sarabande 2:20
13 III III. Gigue 1:59

Suite in C major for harpsichord, HWV443

14 I I. Praeludium 3:37
15 II II. Allemande 3:12
16 III III. Courante 1:41
17 IV IV. Sarabande and Double 4:22
18 V V. Gigue 0:48
19 VI VI. Chaconne and 49 Variations 13:32

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Suite in G minor for harpsichord, HWV439

1 I I. Allemande 4:56
2 II II. Courante 4:22
3 III III. Sarabande 3:41
4 IV IV. Gigue 5:16

Suite in G major for harpsichord, HWV441

5 I I. Allemande 2:44
6 II II. Allegro 2:33
7 III III. Courante 3:57
8 IV IV. Aria: Presto 1:37
9 V V. Menuetto 4:32
10 VI VI. Gavotta 3:34
11 VII VII. Gigue 2:52

Suite in E minor for harpsichord, HWV429

12 I I. Allegro 3:52
13 II II. Allemande 3:13
14 III III. Courante 2:39
15 IV IV. Sarabande 4:50
16 V V. Gigue 1:56

Suite in E major for harpsichord, HWV430

17 I I. Prelude 2:09
18 II II. Allemande 5:38
19 III III. Courante 2:38
20 IV IV.Air and 5 Variations 4:25
 Gilbert Rowland Harpsichord

Acknowledged without reservation as the greatest composer working in England in the 18th century, Georg Frideric Handel is revered worldwide as a master composer. His Harpsichord Suites are among the finest instrumental works of the period, and eight of those are presented here by Gilbert Rowland, one of Europe’s foremost harpsichordists.


“Rowland’s playing tends towards the big-boned and virtuosic. But he can exercise restraint where needed: his sarabandes are subdued and tender, his gigues suitably jaunty...[his] performance of the concluding movement of “The Harmonious Blacksmith” is as fine as any I’ve heard.”

Christopher Broderson - Fanfare

“The standard of playing is very high indeed, with some crisp articulation, appropriately added ornamentation in the repeats and a subtly convincing application of inégalité ... this is a most enjoyable recording.”

John Collins - The Consort

“A welcome addition to the catalogue.. the Divine Art set is offered at a keen price.” 

Brian Wilson -

"Rowland is an evenhanded and intelligent player. His ornaments are always tasteful, but it is his changes of texture that add interest and variety... Lovers of Handel’s music will appreciate Rowland’s commitment to the rich musical world of these suites."

Katz - American Record Guide - November/December 2011

“Performances which are delivered with great relish ... considerable verve and vitality. His clear-sighted and purposeful delivery maintain a strong feeling of cohesion.”
Marc Rochester - International Record Review

“The playing is lively, spirited and devoid of any mechanical delivery that renders so many harpsichord recordings unenjoyable. The segments in the minor modes are given the right touch of sobriety and darker color. The phrasing is always shaped and well manipulated to reinforce the melody and forward momentum of each piece. Rowland’s fluid and well accented fingering never allows the music to settle into repetitive tedium, but instead seems to give repeated lines a slightly different inflection. All very well reproduced in this fine Divine Art recording.”

Jean-Yves Duperron - Classical Music Sentinel

“The instrument...has a lovely upper manual, with a sweet, nasal twang. Rowland’s Soler was robust and unapologetically virtuoso. His Handel is similarly scaled and brightly rendered. Quite florid ornamentation.. more Rococo than improvisatory.”

Phillip Kennicott - Gramophone magazine


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