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  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (5 April 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD
  • Label: Linn Records
  • ASIN: B0001W8E14
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Recorder Sonatas - 31 tracks on 1 CD - George Frideric Handel

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a terrific disc. Handel's Recorder Sonatas are lovely works, full of joy, depth and genuine tenderness and these two superb musicians do them full justice.

Handel's chamber music doesn't get anything like the attention given to his orchestral and choral works. This understandable in a way - the larger scale music is fabulous, after all - but real gems like these sonatas deserve more of a hearing in my view. They show all the aspects of Handel's genius: they are tuneful, harmonically brilliant and above all a genuine pleasure to listen to.

In the hands of Pamela Thorby and Richard Egarr they really shine. Egarr is now well established as one of the world's foremost baroque musicians through his solo recordings, his partnership with Andrew Manze and more recently his direction of The Academy of Ancient Music (with whom he has made some magnificent Handel recordings.) Pamela Thorby, while less well known, is a virtuoso of equal standing, in my view with a fine catalogue of recordings including some belters with The Palladian Ensemble. Together they make something really special of these Handel sonatas with a fine understanding between them, a perfect balance between instruments and a lovely sound from Egarr's harpsichord and organ and Thorby's recorders. They make some of the virtuosic passages sound as natural as breathing and the quieter movements are simply lovely. It's exemplary chamber music playing.

I have versions of these pieces played both on recorder (by Michala Petri and Keith Jarrett) and flute (by Lisa Beznosiuk) which I have loved for years. This, however, is the best I know and is very warmly recommended indeed.

(I would also strongly recommend Pamela Thorby's disc The Garden of Early Delights with the harpist Andrew Lawrence-King. It's another beauty. Garden of Early Delights )
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By pianodave on 4 Jun. 2004
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This is a pleasing recital by Pamela Thorby with Richard Egarr on harpsichord and organ. The recorder playing is virtuosic with some judicious filling out of Handel's lines. The harpsichord accompaniment is very deft and effective in three recorder sonatas. The organ serves well in the other three, providing a pleasing contrast - a warm flute tone, not overly "chiffy".
Egarr adds a harpsichord suite as a bonus, including the "Harmonious Blacksmith" variations. Here is an authentic revelation in contrast to the more familiar piano renditions.
All in all an excellent disc; though I must say preferred to listen to a selection of tracks rather than all the way through in one sitting.
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A terrific disc 21 Feb. 2013
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a terrific disc. Handel's Recorder Sonatas are lovely works, full of joy, depth and genuine tenderness and these two superb musicians do them full justice.

Handel's chamber music doesn't get anything like the attention given to his orchestral and choral works. This understandable in a way – the larger scale music is fabulous, after all – but real gems like these sonatas deserve more of a hearing in my view. They show all the aspects of Handel's genius: they are tuneful, harmonically brilliant and above all a genuine pleasure to listen to.

In the hands of Pamela Thorby and Richard Egarr they really shine. Egarr is now well established as one of the world's foremost baroque musicians through his solo recordings, his partnership with Andrew Manze and more recently his direction of The Academy of Ancient Music (with whom he has made some magnificent Handel recordings.) Pamela Thorby, while less well known, is a virtuoso of equal standing, in my view with a fine catalogue of recordings including some belters with The Palladian Ensemble. Together they make something really special of these Handel sonatas with a fine understanding between them, a perfect balance between instruments and a lovely sound from Egarr's harpsichord and organ and Thorby's recorders. They make some of the virtuosic passages sound as natural as breathing and the quieter movements are simply lovely. It's exemplary chamber music playing.

I have versions of these pieces played both on recorder (by Michala Petri and Keith Jarrett) and flute (by Lisa Beznosiuk) which I have loved for years. This, however, is the best I know and is very warmly recommended indeed.

(I would also strongly recommend Pamela Thorby's disc The Garden of Early Delights with the harpist Andrew Lawrence-King. It's another beauty. Garden of Early Delights )
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By Peter Besenbruch - Published on Amazon.com
I have always liked Pamela Thorby from her Palladian Ensemble days. Here playing here is superb, not just virtuosic, but also with great sensitivity and skill, from her frequent ornamentation to her finger vibrato techniques. Richard Egarr accompanies well from the harpsichord and organ. It might have been fun to vary the continuo section a bit more. Recorders work well with Baroque guitars and lutes.

In the end, this is small music, done supremely well.
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