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Pierre Hantaï|Händel - Scarlatti

Händel - Scarlatti

Pierre Hantai

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Pierre Hantaï's daring musicality, almost like a black sun, invites the listener to careful and repeated listening. To further confound us, the French harpsichordist mixes here his two main preoccupations of recent years, Scarlatti and Handel, who follow each other like brothers, hand in hand: the flamboyant world of the one clashes with the tragic brilliance of the other. There is little point in returning to the indisputable qualities of Hantaï's playing in each of these repertoires: from his laughing, mischievous, extreme, dense Scarlatti bursts the joy of a visionary composer; and his Handel, with an unknown fullness of sound, is imbued with a tender lyricism.

The Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430, with the famous final Variation on the air of the "Harmonieux forgeron", surely represents the high point of this recital. The polyphonies, carried by singularly intense phrasing (Allemande), radiate with a clarity that is as luminous as it is poignant, and on the harpsichord, the Air and Variations has probably never been performed with such fluency and sense of contrast. What a sense for the line in the statement of the theme! Suddenly one thinks: isn't it time for Pierre Hantaï to immerse himself again—on record—in the work of Johann Sebastian Bach?

This is essential listening. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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1
Il pastor fido in D Minor, HWV 8a: Ouverture (Arr. for Harpsichord by Pierre Hantaï)
00:04:58

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Arranger, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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Suite in D Minor, HWV 437 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

2
I. Allemande
00:04:33

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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3
II. Corrant
00:01:47

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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4
III. Sarabande
00:03:18

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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5
IV. Menuetto and Variations
00:04:09

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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6
V. Gigue
00:01:54

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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7
Sonata in E Minor, K 147
00:05:15

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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8
Sonata in A Major, K. 24: Presto
00:05:30

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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9
Sonata in A Major, K. 429: Allegro
00:03:17

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Mirare 2021 Mirare

Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

10
I. Prélude
00:02:09

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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11
II. Allemande
00:05:31

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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12
III. Courante
00:02:13

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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13
IV. Air and Variations "The Harmonious Blacksmith"
00:05:06

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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14
Sonata in D Major, K. 443: Allegro
00:04:53

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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15
Sonata in G Minor, K. 12: Presto
00:03:49

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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16
Sonata in G Minor, K. 546: Cantabile
00:05:08

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

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17
Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 16: Presto
00:05:06

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Pierre Hantai, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2021 Mirare 2021 Mirare

Album Description

Pierre Hantaï's daring musicality, almost like a black sun, invites the listener to careful and repeated listening. To further confound us, the French harpsichordist mixes here his two main preoccupations of recent years, Scarlatti and Handel, who follow each other like brothers, hand in hand: the flamboyant world of the one clashes with the tragic brilliance of the other. There is little point in returning to the indisputable qualities of Hantaï's playing in each of these repertoires: from his laughing, mischievous, extreme, dense Scarlatti bursts the joy of a visionary composer; and his Handel, with an unknown fullness of sound, is imbued with a tender lyricism.

The Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430, with the famous final Variation on the air of the "Harmonieux forgeron", surely represents the high point of this recital. The polyphonies, carried by singularly intense phrasing (Allemande), radiate with a clarity that is as luminous as it is poignant, and on the harpsichord, the Air and Variations has probably never been performed with such fluency and sense of contrast. What a sense for the line in the statement of the theme! Suddenly one thinks: isn't it time for Pierre Hantaï to immerse himself again—on record—in the work of Johann Sebastian Bach?

This is essential listening. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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