Handel: Keyboard Suites 1-4 (Fisher Philiip Edward) (Naxos: 8.572197)
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Handel's keyboard suites may be among his lesser-known works, but the so-called 'Eight Great Suites' of 1720 are true masterpieces of the genre. This volume, containing the first four, showcases his extraordinary versatility, imagination and contrapuntal skill, as well as his willingness to break with tradition. Handel skilfully weaves together a wide range of forms, including fugues, a toccata, Italianate airs and Baroque dances.
"The dashing Fisher did not sacrifice his judicious application of touch in the concerto's energetic finale, which climaxed with more rolls of pianistic thunder, matched only by the ovation afforded to his fine and exciting performance." Inverness Courier