Bridget Cunningham

Handel's 8 Great Harpsichord Suites

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Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212067925
Catnr: SIGCD 679
Release date: 04 February 2022
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Signum Classics
UPC
0635212067925
Catalogue number
SIGCD 679
Release date
04 February 2022
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About the album

This important new recording revisits George Frideric Handel’s monumental Suites de Pièces pour le Clavecin – subsequently known as the Eight Great Harpsichord Suites as well as his Chaconne in G major and some world première recordings of Handel’s superb arrangements of operatic arias and ouvertures which were specially reworked and ornamented by Handel for the harpsichord. The album celebrates the 300th anniversary of the first publication of these works on 14 November 1720.

Bridget Cunningham is an international conductor, prizewinning harpsichordist and musicologist who trained at the Royal College of Music and was awarded a Junior Fellowship to work in the Centre for Performance History and coach singers in the baroque style. Cunningham is also Artistic Director of London Early Opera with a number of critically-acclaimed recordings out on Signum Classics.

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Bridget Cunningham is an international conductor, prizewinning harpsichordist and musicologist who trained at the Royal College of Music and was awarded a Junior Fellowship to work in the Centre for Performance History and coach singers in the baroque style.

As Artistic Director of London Early Opera, Cunningham is creating, researching and conducting an ongoing series of Handel recordings with Signum Classics exploring Handel the man, his music and his travels to capture musical snapshots of moments in his life. These new CDs are being released worldwide and include Handel in Italy Vol.1 & Vol.2, Handel in Ireland Vol.1 and Handel at Vauxhall Vol.1 & Vol.2 and handel’s Queens;

“Handel has never sounded better” BBC Music Magazine 5 Stars, October 2019

Her solo harpsichord performances include playing for Prince Charles and the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, Maison Hine and Château de Hautefort in France, the London Handel Festival and a broadcast on Austria’s National Radio Stephansdom with pianist Angela Hewitt. She coaches The Handelians from London Early Opera and collaborates with the Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi and baroque dance groups including Mercurius Company and Les Plaisirs Des Nations performing with them at Yale University. She also gives lecture recitals and concerts at Art Galleries including the opening of ‘Watteau: The Drawings Exhibition’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Cunningham is a versatile conductor and harpsichordist and has performed at several prestigious venues and festivals including the Opera house Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Yale University’s Center for British Art America and recently conducted Handel’s Semele, Bach’s Easter Oratorio and also Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Serenade, Haydn Harpsichord and Violin Concerto and Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen in a Romantic and Gipsy programme at St Martin-in-the Fields, London for the Music of the Spheres Ensemble. She also directed a world premiere with London Early Opera written by Grace Evangeline-Mason commissioned by the BBC to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of Handel’s Water Music – broadcast live on the River Thames. Other broadcasts include BBC 2 Messiah, BBC 4 Vivaldi’s Women, Radio 4 Front Row and Radio 3 In Tune, SkyArts, RTE, RTP and a short film for Handel and Hendrix in London.

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Disc #1
01.
Harpsichord Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: I. Prelude
01:53
02.
Harpsichord Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: II. Allemande
03:20
03.
Harpsichord Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: III. Courante
02:54
04.
Harpsichord Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: IV. Gigue
03:17
05.
Harpsichord Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427: I. Adagio
02:16
06.
Harpsichord Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427: II. Allegro
02:36
07.
Harpsichord Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427: III. Adagio
01:20
08.
Harpsichord Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427: IV. Allegro
02:33
09.
Harpsichord Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: I. Prelude
00:57
10.
Harpsichord Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: II. Allegro
02:37
11.
Harpsichord Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: III. Allemande
03:33
12.
Harpsichord Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: IV. Courante
02:15
13.
Harpsichord Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: V. Air and Variations
08:22
14.
Harpsichord Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428: VI. Presto
04:28
15.
Harpsichord Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429: I. Allegro
03:46
16.
Harpsichord Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429: II. Allemande
02:19
17.
Harpsichord Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429: III. Courante
02:23
18.
Harpsichord Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429: IV. Sarabande
03:05
19.
Harpsichord Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429: V. Gigue
01:44
20.
Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: I. Prelude
02:16
21.
Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: II. Allemande
04:23
22.
Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: III. Courante
02:21
23.
Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430: IV. Air and Variations,
04:49
24.
Harpsichord Suite No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor, HWV 431: I. Prelude
01:43
25.
Harpsichord Suite No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor, HWV 431: II. Largo
01:31
26.
Harpsichord Suite No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor, HWV 431: III. Allegro
02:45
27.
Harpsichord Suite No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor, HWV 431: IV. Gigue
02:53

Disc #2
01.
Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: I. Overture
05:15
02.
Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: II. Andante
03:11
03.
Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: III. Allegro
02:14
04.
Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: IV. Sarabande
02:08
05.
Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: V. Gigue
01:24
06.
Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432: VI. Passacaille
04:14
07.
Harpsichord Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433: I. Prelude
02:04
08.
Harpsichord Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433: II. Allegro
02:45
09.
Harpsichord Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433: III. Allemande
03:58
10.
Harpsichord Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433: IV. Courante
01:57
11.
Harpsichord Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433: V. Gigue
02:27
12.
Muzio Scevola, HWV 13: Ouverture (Arranged for Harpsichord)
04:32
13.
Keyboard Arrangements of Arias from Italian Operas, HWV 482: IV. 'Pupile sdegnose' from Muzio Scevola
04:43
14.
Keyboard Arrangements of Arias from Italian Operas, HWV 482: V. 'Come se ti vedrò' from Muzio Scevola
04:48
15.
Keyboard Arrangements of Arias from Italian Operas, HWV 482: II. 'Sventurato godi o core abbandonato' from Floridante
06:21
16.
Keyboard Arrangements of Overtures from Italian Operas, HWV 456: V. Overture to Riccardo Primo
05:10
17.
Keyboard Arrangements of Arias from Italian Operas, HWV 482: III. 'Ombra cara' from Radamisto
06:47
18.
Chaconne in G Major (Version V), HWV 435
11:22
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