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  • Performer: Andrei Gavrilov, Sviatoslav Richter
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (4 April 2005)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0007RO57U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  1. Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: I. PréludeAndrei Gavrilov 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: II. Allemande (Andantino)Andrei Gavrilov 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: III. Courante (Allegro moderato)Andrei Gavrilov 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Suite No. 1 in A Major, HWV 426: IV. Gigue (Presto)Andrei Gavrilov 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427 (1996 - Remaster): I. AdagioSviatoslav Richter 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427 (1996 - Remaster): II. AllegroSviatoslav Richter 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427 (1996 - Remaster): III. AdagioSviatoslav Richter 1:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Suite No. 2 in F Major, HWV 427 (1996 - Remaster): IV. Fuga (Allegro)Sviatoslav Richter 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428 (1996 - Remaster): I. Prélude (Presto)Sviatoslav Richter 1:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428 (1996 - Remaster): II. Fuga (Allegro)Sviatoslav Richter 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428 (1996 - Remaster): III. Allemande (Andantino quasi Allegretto)Sviatoslav Richter 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428 (1996 - Remaster): IV.CouranteSviatoslav Richter 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428 (1996 - Remaster): V. Air (Lento non troppo)Sviatoslav Richter10:23Album Only
14. Suite No. 3 in D Minor, HWV 428 (1996 - Remaster): VI. PrestoSviatoslav Richter 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429 (1996 - Remaster): I. Fuga (Allegro)Andrei Gavrilov 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429 (1996 - Remaster): II. Allemande (Allegro moderato)Andrei Gavrilov 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429 (1996 - Remaster): III. Courante (Allegretto tranquillo)Andrei Gavrilov 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Suite No. 4 in E minor HWV 429 (1996 Digital Remaster): Sarabande (Allegretto con moto)Andrei Gavrilov 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Suite No. 4 in E Minor, HWV 429 (1996 - Remaster): V. Gigue (Vivace)Andrei Gavrilov 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430 (1996 - Remaster): I. Prélude (Allegro moderato)Sviatoslav Richter 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430 (1996 - Remaster): II. Allemande (Andantino)Sviatoslav Richter 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430 (1996 - Remaster): III. Courante (Allegro)Sviatoslav Richter 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Suite No. 5 in E major HWV 430 (1996 Digital Remaster): Air con Variazioni (Andantino)Sviatoslav Richter 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Suite No. 6 in F Sharp Minor, HWV 431 (1996 - Remaster): I. Prélude (Allegro moderato)Andrei Gavrilov 1:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Suite No. 6 in F Sharp Minor, HWV 431 (1996 - Remaster): II. LargoAndrei Gavrilov 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Suite No. 6 in F Sharp Minor, HWV 431 (1996 - Remaster): III. Fuga (Allegro)Andrei Gavrilov 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Suite No. 6 in F Sharp Minor, HWV 431 (1996 - Remaster): IV. Gigue (Presto)Andrei Gavrilov 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432 (1996 - Remaster): I. Ouverture (Adagio - Presto - Adagio)Andrei Gavrilov 6:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432 (1996 - Remaster): II. AndanteAndrei Gavrilov 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432 (1996 - Remaster): III. AllegroAndrei Gavrilov 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432 (1996 - Remaster): IV. Sarabande (Andante con moto)Andrei Gavrilov 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432 (1996 - Remaster): V. Gigue (Vivo)Andrei Gavrilov 1:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Suite No. 7 in G Minor, HWV 432 (1996 - Remaster): VI. Passacaglia (Allegro commodo)Andrei Gavrilov 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433 (1996 - Remaster): I. Prélude (Allegro)Sviatoslav Richter 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433 (1996 - Remaster): II. Fuga (Allegro)Sviatoslav Richter 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433 (1996 - Remaster): III. Allemande (Allegro moderato)Sviatoslav Richter 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433 (1996 - Remaster): IV. Courante (Allegro)Sviatoslav Richter 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Suite No. 8 in F Minor, HWV 433 (1996 - Remaster): V. Gigue (Presto)Sviatoslav Richter 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Swallow on 20 Sept. 2012
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Just what would Handel have thought of this? Two great Russian pianists playing his work? I imagine he would have marvelled at their pianism. This is just the way he would have played it had the piano been around in his day. Richter and Gavrilov make a stunning combination. Apparently when they listened to the playback even they could not always tell who was playing! As for the coughing another reviewe complained about, I hardly detected it. Just enough to tell it's recorded live. More important is that the playing is so live.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By marshrunner13 on 19 Jan. 2012
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Perfect music but alas the coughing was so loud that I thought someone had broken into the house at one point and that there was a man in the lounge (I was listening from the kitchen). Will have to try another recording. Such a shame as this composition was excellent.
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Collector's Item! Richter and Gavrilov play Handel's Keyboard Suites 8 Aug. 2007
By dv_forever - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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. Buy this and the other volume as well.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Handel's magic 18 Sept. 2009
By Orpheus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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 has eclipsed anything else from that period. Handel though, is a master in his own right. While Bach has influenced the music on the continent, Handel is even greater on the British Isles. Mainly because of his Oratoria and Operas, which in a way are reflected into keyboard suites who share the same intense lyrical quality.

This music is more relaxed, intimate and sunny compared to Bach's suites. Handel's language is characterized by a poetic, yet expansive quality, sometimes reminiscent of Beethoven's late piano sonates = which were heavily influenced by Handel. When listening to these recordings, it's obvious that the music is rendered with understanding and love...The soul of these pieces is purveyed with a delicacy and urgency that shines in comparison with the many baroque piano recordings that have followed since then. The recording has a very spontaneous and almost improvisational feel to it, that's very appealing. Like Bach, this music clears my mind and lifts me up, yet seems more personal and playful...

Richter and Gavrilov have succeeded in bringing the warmth and joy of Handel's to the surface, combined with his virtuosity and unique style that seems to capture many unknown pearls of wisdom... I cannot but highly recommend this music and this version to anyone who loves piano and baroque music.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Love this music 28 Dec. 2009
By L. Polgar - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Award Winning Performances of Great Music 15 July 2012
By David J. Friedlander - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of those rare opportunities to acquire great music played wonderfully. Not only is this a fantastic collection of music and performance, it is a terrific bargain as well. Put together, it adds up to a must have for the serious collector, music lover or novice who is just beginning their journey into classical music. This is a two disc set that covers about half of Handel's keyboard suites. There is a companion 2 disc set that belongs in the same lofty company as this one. Both offerings are at a price that would be an economy buy even if they each had only a single disc instead of two. In other words, don't miss either and grab the whole 4 disc collection!

Handel's Keyboard Suites are a kind of summa of his art similar to Bach's Klavierbung. You could look on this music as an analog to the two volumes of The Well Tempered Clavier. It is a consensus that Bach's WTC is the pinnacle of his era's solo keyboard art and you won't find many (if any) who would place Handel's Suites in the same lofty catagory. Be that as it may, we shouldn't dismiss these out of hand as second rate or superfluous to those who only want "the best". Closer inspection will reveal that the WTC and Handel's Suites are conceived differently and each is a musical survey with widely differing identities. I won't go into a lengthly discussion of the differences and the large difference should be evident anyway. I would look on both as the height of art of two major maestros in music history. That should be enough to entice the student or inspire the curiousity of the seasoned music lover.

Set up as Suites, each of the 8 on the disc are comprised of a grouping of several individual movements. Each movement is a different tempo, either determined by designation or labelled as a Baroque period dance. The number of movements in each suite varies from 4 to 6. Some are mixtures of tempo designations and dances. For example, Suite #1 in A Major has 4 movements, I. Prelude, II. Allemande, III. Courante, IV. Gigue; while Suite #2 in F Major is comprised of 3 different tempi designations Adagio, Allegro, Adagio and ends with a 4th movement Fuga marked Allegro. Handel is altogether freer in his approach than his contempary Bach, sometimes varying the number of voices within one fugue or mixing his dances in a non standard setup. His mood seems more varied too, sometimes featuring an exuberance that I think is a main attribute of Handel's universal appeal.

The performances on these discs are unusual in that 2 different pianists are featured in a single project. The pairing has Andrei Gavrilov and Sviatoslav Richter on the recording, each player well suited to this material. Gavrilov has great technical skill and his enthusiasm is well matched with Handel's. Richter is a widely beloved player whose sensitivity brings out nuance without the smallest shread of self consciousness. Both players facilitate the enjoyment of the listener as the main objective in their playing and this is the quality that makes this recording project so special.

This is a flat-out-must-have bargain of the highest in art. Acquire these ASAP because if they go out of print, it will be a golden opportunity lost. Deals of this calibre are rare - few and far between and this is frankly not to be missed for any reason.
great music 6 Feb. 2014
By G. Booth - Published on Amazon.com
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Having listened to a lot of Bach's music for piano, I came across this set of suites and bought both. They are very similar to Bach to my non-classically trained ear. My review is geared to report the sound quality and dynamic range that the recordings contain. I will leave the technical reviews to those who know what they are talking about (As an aside, for those classical music pros, I am extremely grateful for the time you all have taken to write detailed reviews, as I have bought many items based on your suggestions and have been seldom disappointed.). I will state that the sound fidelity is great and the quality of the pieces is quite good. It is happy music and I have enjoyed these pieces immensely. I think if you are looking for some relaxing pieces to listen to under candlelight or something to complement your Bach collection, I think these two Suites (1 & 2) are a great option. Highly recommended.
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