Handel’s Attick (DXL 1191)

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Description

This album celebrates the delicacy and intimacy of the clavichord, the harpsichord’s quieter cousin, which was central to the daily life of musicians for centuries. The title is inspired by the story that Handel’s early biographer John Mainwaring tells, about the young Handel secretly going up to the attic during the night to practise on the clavichord, in defiance of his father. The pieces in the first half are by some of those composers mentioned in a notebook of 1698, now lost, which Handel used while he was studying in Halle with Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow. The second half includes pieces Handel might have played on such an instrument to himself later in life, for relaxation and maybe even solace, away from the demands and intrigues of his frantic public life.

Handel’s Attick (DXL 1191) Digital Booklet

Julian Perkins, clavichords

Track List

[1] W. Ebner Capriccio sopra l’aria Pergamasco, WMin 731

J. Froberger Partita no. 1 in A minor, FbWV 601
[2] Allemand
[3] Courant
[4] Saraband
[5] M. Weckmann Libro secundo: Gigue

J. K. Kerll
[6] Canzona no. 4 in E minor
[7] Canzona no. 6 in G major

G. F. Handel
[8] Sonata in G minor, HWV 580: Larghetto
[9] Impertinence in G minor, HWV 494: [Bourée]
[10] Air in G minor, HWV 467: Lentement

F. W. Zachow Suite in B minor
[11] Allemande
[12] Courante
[13] Sarabande
[14] Fuga Finalis

G. F. Handel Suite in G minor, HWV 452
[15] Allemande
[16] Courante
[17] Sarabande
[18] Gigue

D. Scarlatti
[19] Sonata K 9 in D minor: Allegro
[20] Sonata K 208 in A major: Adagio e cantabile

T. A. Arne Sonata no. 1 in F major
[21] Andante
[22] Adagio
[23] Allegro

G. F. Handel
[24] Chorale Jesu meine Freude, HWV 480
[25] Fugue in C minor, HWV 610
[26] Fugue in B flat major, HWV 607
[27] “Lascia ch’io pianga” from Rinaldo, HWV 7, arr. W. Babell

Dubbed ‘‘The Indiana Jones of Early Music’’ by BBC Radio 3, Julian Perkins brings a dynamic and adventurous spirit to all of his music-making. In 2022 he succeeded Monica Huggett as Artistic Director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra in Oregon, USA. Based in the UK, he is also Artistic Director of Cambridge Handel Opera and the period-instrument ensemble Sounds Baroque, and enjoys a busy and varied career as a solo keyboard player, chamber musician and conductor/director.

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