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Francesco Corti|Handel: Winged Hands. The Eight Great Suites & Overtures

Handel: Winged Hands. The Eight Great Suites & Overtures

Francesco Corti

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In the autumn of 2020, Francesco Corti published a superb programme, including various works by Johann Sebastian Bach surrounded by pieces by Kuhnau, Telemann and Hasse. A delightful surprise! The publication of the second volume of his complete keyboard concertos by the Leipzig Cantor (with il Pomo d'Oro, Pentatone) a few months later proved one thing: this young Italian is, without doubt, one of the most accomplished and inventive musicians in the modern baroque scene. This time, Arcana are releasing the great Suites pour clavecin by Georg Friedrich Handel; more precisely the complete first volume of the eight Suites that Handel published in London in 1720. Corti alternates them with excerpts from operas, using keyboard transcriptions that were made during Handel's lifetime.

The recording by the incredible Ken Yoshida is less bright than in the previous Arcana release, but it still fully immerses us into the instrument; this winning performance by the Italian harpsichordist is hypnotising. The transcriptions of Rodelinda (magnificent!), Il pastor fido, Rinaldo (William Babell's highly ornate arrangement of Lascia ch'io pianga, which possesses an agogic freedom which is simply magic), Radamisto and Teseo, are the climax of this double album, dramatically laying bare the harpsichordist's seemingly inexhaustible talent.

With his first eight Suites from 1720, Handel left behind hard evidence of his innate mastery on the piano, and Francesco Corti revels in it. These pieces are full of energy, momentum, and contrasts and the last two numbers of Suite No. 3 (Doubles - Presto) are exquisite! A while back, Pierre Hantaï approached some of these same works with synthesis and reflection. Francesco Corti, on the other hand, sees them more as an object of study, a writing experience, a game. It’s a musical firework display and a real game-changer! © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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Handel: Winged Hands. The Eight Great Suites & Overtures

Francesco Corti

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Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

1
I. Prelude
00:02:21

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2
II. Allemande
00:04:35

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3
III. Courante
00:03:01

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4
IV. Gigue
00:02:52

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5
Rodelinda, HWV 19, Ouverture: [Largo] - Presto - Adagio (Arr. for Harpsichord)
00:03:31

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6
Rodelinda, HWV 19, Ouverture: Menuet (Arr. for Harpsichord)
00:02:07

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Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

7
I. Adagio
00:03:01

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8
II. Allegro
00:02:36

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9
III. Adagio
00:01:44

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10
IV. Allegro
00:02:26

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Il pastor Fido, HWV 8, Overture (Georg Friedrich Händel)

11
[Adagio] - Allegro - Adagio (Arr. for Harpsichord)
00:04:13

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Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

12
I. Prelude (Presto)
00:01:00

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13
II. Allegro
00:02:37

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14
III. Allemande
00:04:15

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15
IV. Courante
00:01:47

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16
V. Air
00:04:14

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17
VI. Doubles
00:04:41

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18
VII. Presto
00:04:54

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Suite No. 4 in E minor, HWV 429 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

19
I. Allegro
00:03:22

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20
II. Allemande
00:02:30

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21
III. Courante
00:02:04

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22
IV. Sarabande
00:03:45

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23
V. Gigue
00:01:50

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DISC 2

1
First Set in F Major: Prelude (Presto)
00:00:52

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2
Rinaldo, HWV 7, Ouverture: Vivace - Allegro - Adagio (Arr. for Harpsichord by William Babell)
00:04:33

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3
Rinaldo, HWV 7, Ouverture: Giga (Presto) (Arr. for Harpsichord by William Babell)
00:01:10

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - William Babell, Arranger - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

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4
Rinaldo, HWV 7, Ouverture: Lascia ch’io pianga” (Adagio) (Arr. for Harpsichord by William Babell)
00:05:36

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - William Babell, Arranger - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

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

5
I. Prelude
00:02:17

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

6
II. Allemande
00:05:15

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

7
III. Courante
00:01:40

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2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

8
IV. Air et Doubles
00:04:35

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Radamisto, HWV 12, Ouverture (Georg Friedrich Händel)

9
[Largo] - Allegro (Arr. for Harpsichord)
00:04:09

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

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Suite No. 6 in F-Sharp Minor, HWV 431 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

10
I. Prelude
00:01:54

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

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11
II. Largo
00:02:04

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2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

12
III. Allegro
00:02:31

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

13
IV. Gigue (Presto)
00:02:31

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

14
Teseo, HWV 9, Ouverture: [Largo] - Allegro - Lentement (Arr. for Harpsichord)
00:03:15

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

15
Teseo, HWV 9, Ouverture: Allegro (Arr. for Harpsichord)
00:01:36

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

Suite No. 7 in G minor, HWV 432 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

16
I. Ouverture (Largo - Presto - Lentement)
00:04:45

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

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17
II. Andante
00:04:45

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2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

18
III. Allegro
00:01:47

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

19
IV. Sarabande
00:03:00

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

20
V. Gigue
00:01:35

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

21
VI. Passacaillle
00:03:22

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

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Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

22
I. Prelude (Adagio)
00:02:43

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

23
II. Allegro
00:03:13

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

24
III. Allemande
00:04:03

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

25
IV. Courante
00:01:39

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

26
V. Gigue
00:02:24

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2022 Outhere Music France 2022 Outhere Music France

Album review

In the autumn of 2020, Francesco Corti published a superb programme, including various works by Johann Sebastian Bach surrounded by pieces by Kuhnau, Telemann and Hasse. A delightful surprise! The publication of the second volume of his complete keyboard concertos by the Leipzig Cantor (with il Pomo d'Oro, Pentatone) a few months later proved one thing: this young Italian is, without doubt, one of the most accomplished and inventive musicians in the modern baroque scene. This time, Arcana are releasing the great Suites pour clavecin by Georg Friedrich Handel; more precisely the complete first volume of the eight Suites that Handel published in London in 1720. Corti alternates them with excerpts from operas, using keyboard transcriptions that were made during Handel's lifetime.

The recording by the incredible Ken Yoshida is less bright than in the previous Arcana release, but it still fully immerses us into the instrument; this winning performance by the Italian harpsichordist is hypnotising. The transcriptions of Rodelinda (magnificent!), Il pastor fido, Rinaldo (William Babell's highly ornate arrangement of Lascia ch'io pianga, which possesses an agogic freedom which is simply magic), Radamisto and Teseo, are the climax of this double album, dramatically laying bare the harpsichordist's seemingly inexhaustible talent.

With his first eight Suites from 1720, Handel left behind hard evidence of his innate mastery on the piano, and Francesco Corti revels in it. These pieces are full of energy, momentum, and contrasts and the last two numbers of Suite No. 3 (Doubles - Presto) are exquisite! A while back, Pierre Hantaï approached some of these same works with synthesis and reflection. Francesco Corti, on the other hand, sees them more as an object of study, a writing experience, a game. It’s a musical firework display and a real game-changer! © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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