Handel: Eight Great Harpsichord Suites / Cunningham
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.
These pieces, inventive and full of vitality, are unashamedly intended to please the senses. In the hands of stylistically informed players they never fail to do so. Bridget Cunningham is just such a player. Her feeling for dance rhythms is infectious and her ability to entertain unassailable.
-- BBC Music Magazine
Release Date: January 07, 2022
Catalog Number: SIGCD679
Label: Signum Classics