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Love this music, December 28, 2009

Handel: Keyboard Suites, Vol. 1
Almost did not buy this CD as one reviewer poo pooed it for some reason (sound quality? sneezing during live performance?) I found none of that and love it as much as the other CD by same composer and with same artists. I play them over and over again. Quite wonderful recordings. Glad I own them.

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This used to be available in EMI's double forte series. It went out of print but is now thankfully available in EMI's super cheap Gemini series. This Gemini series has some really great finds and this Handel set is no exception. Buy both 2CD sets and you'll get the whole of Handel's keyboard suites and they've never been realized better than here.It's strange that someone with the stature of Richter would go after this particular repertoire. There is no truly great music here, it's a bit out of the way but a wonderful counterpart to some of Handel's richer works. Richter partnered with the ,( at the time ), young Gavrilov.Gavrilov's playing is so rich and imaginative that just as Richter himself noted, people couldn't tell the difference which suite was played by old man Richter or young gun Gavrilov when they listened to this recording. ( Don't worry, the credits are marked in the liner notes for all to see. ) I would say this set is a winner on all counts...
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Almost did not buy this CD as one reviewer poo pooed it for some reason (sound quality? sneezing during live performance?) I found none of that and love it as much as the other CD by same composer and with same artists. I play them over and over again. Quite wonderful recordings. Glad I own them.
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This double cd is part of an integral recording of Handel's keyboard suites on piano by the legendary Sviatoslav Richter and renowned Andrei Gavrilov.Andrei Gavrilov was still a littleknown and young pianist, when these life performances were recorded. Since then, he slowly built up an impressive set of recordings of which his Bach and Prokoffief are perhaps most notable. Sadly he seems to have ceased recording. As is obvious from these performances, the young Gavrilov does not pale in comparison with the epic presence of the great Sviatoslav Richter. The legend even noted, that most people could not tell the difference between the two pianists playing the Handel piano Canon integrally: taking turns every two suites.As for the music: one of the mysteries of baroque music is surely the sparse recordings of this marvelous music. Keyboard music from the baroque era is automatically compared to that of Bach, as his prodigious and without exception iconic output...
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