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Fábri: Gottlieb Muffat meets Handel. Works for Harpsichord (FLAC)

Fábri: Gottlieb Muffat meets Handel. Works for Harpsichord (FLAC)

Fábri: Gottlieb Muffat meets Handel. Works for Harpsichord (FLAC)

Composer: George Frideric Handel, Gottlieb Muffat
Performer: Flóra Fábri
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Cpo
Catalogue: 555325-2
Release: 2020
Size: 603 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Keyboard Suite, HWV 430 in E major ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’
01. I. Prelude
02. II. Allemande
03. III. Courante
04. IV. Air & 5 Variations “The Harmonious Blacksmith”

Keyboard Suite, HWV 429 in E minor
05. I. Fuga
06. II. Allemande
07. III. Courante
08. IV. Sarabande
09. V. Gigue

Muffat: Componimenti Musicali per il Cembalo
10. No. 7, Ciacona in G Major

Muffat: Suite No. 3 in D major, R101-108
11. I. Fantaisie
12. II. Allemande
13. III. Courante
14. IV. Sarabande
15. V. Menuet
16. VI. Rigaudon bizarre
17. VII. Air
18. VIII. Finale

“On her solo debut CD, Muffat Meets Handel, the successful young harpsichordist Flóra Fábri performs harpsichord pieces by precisely these two composers. Although the dates of the two musicians overlap for a period of almost seventy years, the same thing happened in this case as with many of Handel’s contemporaries: the two never met personally. However, unlike Bach and Mattheson, here musical awareness of the other did not operate in accordance with a ‘one-way-street principle’: it was not only Muffat who admired Handel and arranged his music; the process also functioned the other way around. In contrast to Handel’s Muffat arrangements, in his Handel arrangements Gottlieb Muffat dealt much more gently with the originals and left many parameters unchanged. Something like a relationship of ‘soul mates’ can be detected in their mutual inclination to arrange each other’s works. This in turn forms the essential prerequisite for the dialogue of minds on which the program on this CD draws: the adventure of a conversation between two exceptional musical talents without the use of language, without any direct physical contact, and over a distance of at least 1,593 kilometers (as the crow flies). It is first when the creative production of the one flows into the other’s work that it has the chance to grow beyond itself.”

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