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Handel Remembered

Kenneth Hamilton

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Format: CD

Cat No: PFCD235

Release Date:  21 June 2024

Label:  Prima Facie

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  7141148051288

Genres:  Classical  Solo Instrumental  

  • Description

    Prima Facie is delighted to present Handel Remembered, a rare recording of piano pieces inspired not by JS Bach, but by his great contemporary George Frideric Handel, and played by Kenneth Hamilton, whose remarkable series of Liszt CDs have garnered such exceptional critical acclaim. Though the album features a little Liszt (the Sarabande and Chaconne from Handel's Almira), its climax is a commanding performance of Brahms' magisterial Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. Baroque tribute pieces by Mozart and Beethoven precede the Brahms, as do Handel transcriptions by Charles Valentin Alkan, Wilhelm Kempff and Percy Grainger. The album ends with two "encores": Brahms' elegant arrangement of a Gavotte by Gluck, and Grainger's uproarious Handel in the Strand. This delightfully life-enhancing disc is, as ever, supplemented by Hamilton's unfailingly entertaining and informative programme notes.


    "Hamilton brings his full pianistic firepower to composers and pianists inspired by Handel. A lovely idea, well realised, and a potent reminder of the respect with which Handel was held by future generations." Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 Record Review

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. G. F. Handel/C. V. Alkan: Chorus of the Priests of Dagon: Awake the trumpet's lofty sound
      • 2. Franz Liszt: Sarabande from Handel's Almira, S181
      • 3. Franz Liszt: Chaconne from Handel's Almira, S181
      • 4. Ludwig van Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WoO80
      • 5. G. F. Handel/Wilhelm Kempff: Minuet, HWV 434/4
      • 6. W. A. Mozart: Suite in the style of Handel, K.399: Overture
      • 7. W. A. Mozart: Suite in the style of Handel, K.399: Allemande
      • 8. W. A. Mozart: Suite in the style of Handel, K.399: Courante
      • 9. W. A. Mozart: Suite in the style of Handel, K.399: Sarabande (fragment)
      • 10. W. A. Mozart: A Little Gigue, K.574
      • 11. G. F. Handel/Percy Grainger: Hornpipe (from the Water Music)
      • 12. Johannes Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, op.24: Aria
      • 13. Var. 1
      • 14. Var. 2
      • 15. Var. 3
      • 16. Var. 4
      • 17. Var. 5
      • 18. Var. 6
      • 19. Var. 7
      • 20. Var. 8
      • 21. Var. 9
      • 22. Var. 10
      • 23. Var. 11
      • 24. Var. 12
      • 25. Var. 13
      • 26. Var. 14
      • 27. Var. 15
      • 28. Var. 16
      • 29. Var. 17
      • 30. Var. 18
      • 31. Var. 19
      • 32. Var. 20
      • 33. Var. 21
      • 34. Var. 22
      • 35. Var. 23
      • 36. Var. 24
      • 37. Var. 25
      • 38. Fugue
      • 39. C.W. Gluck/Johannes Brahms: Gavotte
      • 40. Percy Grainger: Handel in the Strand