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Handel's 8 Great Harpsichord Suites
George Frideric Händel

Bridget Cunningham

Handel's 8 Great Harpsichord Suites

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212067925
Catnr: SIGCD 679
Release date: 04 February 2022
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Label
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 (harpsichord)

Bridget Cunningham is a prizewinning harpsichordist, musicologist and an international, versatile conductor who trained at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded a Fellowship. This celebratory recording is part of an important larger series of her albums with Signum Classics – many of which include world premiere recordings. As Artistic Director of London Early Opera, Cunningham is a leading exponent of baroque music and created these outstanding recordings with many international singers such as Sophie Bevan, Lucy Crowe and Mary Bevan, baroque musicians and historians. Albums include Handel’s Eight Great Harpsichord Suites, Handel in Italy, Caio Fabbricio HWV A9 , Handel at Vauxhall, Handel in Ireland and Handel’s Queens which have been reviewed with international acclaim and shortlisted for a Gramophone Award nomination in 2020; “Handel has never sounded better” (Handel’s Queens) ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine, 2019 “Bridget Cunningham is just such a player... Her feeling for dance rhythms is infectious...
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Bridget Cunningham is a prizewinning harpsichordist, musicologist and an international, versatile conductor who trained at the Royal College of Music where she was awarded a Fellowship.
This celebratory recording is part of an important larger series of her albums with Signum Classics – many of which include world premiere recordings.
As Artistic Director of London Early Opera, Cunningham is a leading exponent of baroque music and created these outstanding recordings with many international singers such as Sophie Bevan, Lucy Crowe and Mary Bevan, baroque musicians and historians. Albums include Handel’s Eight Great Harpsichord Suites, Handel in Italy, Caio Fabbricio HWV A9 , Handel at Vauxhall, Handel in Ireland and Handel’s Queens which have been reviewed with international acclaim and shortlisted for a Gramophone Award nomination in 2020; “Handel has never sounded better” (Handel’s Queens) ★★★★★ BBC Music Magazine, 2019 “Bridget Cunningham is just such a player... Her feeling for dance rhythms is infectious and her ability to entertain unassailable” (Handel’s Eight Great Harpsichord Suites) ★★★★★ 5 stars BBC Music Magazine, 2022 Cunningham’s harpsichord performances include playing at the London Handel Festival, Maison Hine Cognac, Victoria International Festival, Gozo as well as for the Royal family at Buckingham Palace. She has performed at the Innsbruck Festival, Yale University, St John’s Smith Square, Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Handel Hendrix Museum, St George’s Hanover Square, the Foundling Museum and St Martin-in-the-Fields. She regularly collaborates with baroque dance groups and has a passion for combining the artworld with music. Cunningham is a keen advocate for directing baroque music from the harpsichord. As well as her numerous performances including several of Handel’s operas, Bach’s Easter Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Gloria and a 400th anniversary performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers at Southwark Cathedral, she has also directed a world premiere for BBC Radio 4 with London Early Opera written by a BBC Inspire Young Composer of the Year, Grace Evangeline- Mason, for the 300th Anniversary of Handel’s Water Music.
She has appeared on several BBC Radio and TV broadcasts including BBC Radio 3 In Tune, BBC 2 Messiah, BBC 4 Vivaldi’s Women, Radio 4 Front Row and SkyArts, RTE, RTP and Radio Stephansdom.


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

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