Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Unknown Handel his chamber music on Spotify

In 1997 an interesting CD appeared with the title “the unknown Handel”, with chamber music by, or once attributed to Georg Friedrich Händel. But… the title almost suggests that the other chamber music by this composer is “known” (how much of op. 2 did yòu ever heard?). Well yes and no. In Handel’s music there are often “re-used” bits and pieces, so don’t be surprised if you hear a snippet Watermusic or the Messiah in these chamber pieces… The first CD is by the American traverso player Jed Wentz and his band Musica as Rhenum. Different “versions” of chamber music works, the second is by the British Brook street band with the complete op. 2 trio sonatas.

Hope you will enjoy this Handel selection!

“the unknown Handel”
-Trio sonata (here concerto version), Op. 5 no 4, HWV 399 (publ. 1739)
-Oboe Sonata in G minor, HWV 404 (1699!!, 14 year old Handel, basis of HWV 387 here in traverso version)
-Sonata a 5 for violin & strings in B flat major (Sonata à Cinque), HWV 288 (1707 composed for Corelli?)
-Oboe Concerto in G minor (No.3 here traverso version), HWV 287 (1704-5 Hamburg, possibly spurious)
-Sinfonia in B flat major, HWV 339 (1706-7)
-Concerto a quattro, for recorder (here traverso), violin, bassoon & continuo in D minor (1715, doubtful, also attributed to Telemann)
-Trio sonata (here concerto version for 2 traversi , Op. 2 no 5, HWV 390b (1717-22)

Musica ad Rhenum
Jed Wentz, traverso
Marion Moonen, traverso
Anton Steck, violin
Christoph Mayer, violin
Job ter Haar, violoncello
Marcelo Bussi, harpsichord

Trio sonatas op 2, published by Walsh in 1733:
-Trio Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, HWV 388 (1717-8)
-Trio Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, HWV 387 (later version of hobo sonata HWV 404, 1699!!)
-Trio Sonata No. 4 in F Major, HWV 389 (1718-22)
-Trio Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, HWV 390 (1717-22)
-Trio Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, HWV 386b (before 1727)
-Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Minor, HWV 391( ca 1707)
-Passacaille from Suite in G HWV 432 (1720)

The Brook street band
Rachel Harris - Violin
Farran Scott - Violin
Tatty Theo - Cello
Carolyn Gibley - Harpsichord

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