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Anne Queffélec Plays Handel

2 Sep 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Mirare
  • Copyright: (c) 2006 Mirare
  • Total Length: 1:18:26
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  • ASIN: B00BDOUXZE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,412 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A piano fan on 14 Sep 2007
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Anee Queffelec's disc for Mirare is the best recording of Handel on the piano. Bach and Scarlatti (whom Queffelec has also played) are no longer off limits to pianists in the way they were, but if you want Handel on the piano the choice is not wide.

Gavrilov and Richter's EMI recordings of the suites (complete) are celebrated, and whilst I enjoy them, I find them old-fashioned, a tad agressive in the gigue movements, and not always joyful where the music demands. Perahia is too fast and romantic for my tastes and offers too small a selection. Keith Jarrett (yes, he!) offers a fine performance that is attentive and sincere, though a little understated and lacking in colour.

To my mind it is Anne Queffelec who has the lot in a selection that only partly overlaps with Jarrett: a great sense of the period style but a terrific feel for the possibilities of the piano in terms of touch, contrast, and even the judicious use of the pedal too. These are exuberant performances played with both verve (listen to the ornamentation and the different articulation in repeats) and tenderness. The recording contains four complete keyboard suites (including the 'Harmonious Blacksmith'), a couple of pieces taken from other suites (a Pasacaille and a Presto), and the famous Chaconne. Thrown in as a kind of encore is Kempff's transcription of the Menuet in Bb major - Handel still, but a sound world from another age. All in all, this is delightful and winning and not to be missed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Feb 2014
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Anne Queffelec is an astonishing pianist who deserves to be much more widely known. She provides the kind of playing that simply makes you fall in love with the music, and her unerring discernment and sense of proportion lifts this disc into the realm of the must-hear. The other reviewer has put the case for her brilliantly in comparison with other pianists (I would add the disc by the superbly beefy Vahan Mardirossian (on Intrada) to the list, who manages to go against expectation with his sensitivity in a converse direction to the elegant Ms Queffelec, who brings rigour and strength as well as charm to her readings). Each of her recordings for Mirare, starting with Mozart, has given a singular take on a great composer that is like a breath of fresh air, but perhaps this is the one where preconceived notions - namely that Handel is not a particularly necessary keyboard composer - are most likely to be overturned. Her shaping of this music is infinitely beguiling, her dispatch of grace notes a source of great aural pleasure.
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