HANDEL Works For Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord (Ibrahim Aziz)

Record and Artist Details

Genre:

Chamber

Label: First Hand

Media Format: CD or Download

Media Runtime: 77

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: FHR91

FHR91. HANDEL Works For Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord (Ibrahim Aziz)

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Sonata for Viola da gamba and Continuo George Frideric Handel, Composer
Ibrahim Aziz, Viola da gamba
Masumi Yamamoto, Harpsichord
Sonatas for Violin and Continuo, Movement: No. 8 in A, HWV372 (Sonata XIV) George Frideric Handel, Composer
Ibrahim Aziz, Viola da gamba
Masumi Yamamoto, Harpsichord
Viola da gamba Suite Sainte-Colombe le fils, Composer
Ibrahim Aziz, Viola da gamba
Masumi Yamamoto, Harpsichord
Suite for Keyboard George Frideric Handel, Composer
Masumi Yamamoto, Harpsichord
(7) Suites for Keyboard, Set II, Movement: Suite No. 4 in D minor, HWV437 George Frideric Handel, Composer
Ibrahim Aziz, Viola da gamba
Suite (Partita) for Keyboard George Frideric Handel, Composer
Ibrahim Aziz, Viola da gamba
Masumi Yamamoto, Harpsichord

It’s the non-Handel works and the music not originally for viola da gamba that are particularly interesting on this new release from First Hand Records. The Sonata in G, a tone lower than the original for violin (HWV372), is an enticing arrangement. Choosing a slower tempo than most violinists for the Allegro movements, soloists Ibrahim Aziz and Masumi Yamamoto bring out the cantabile in Handel’s writing. But the effect is somewhat laboured – every phrase is just a bit too thoughtful – sacrificing the inherent playfulness and carefree exuberance of these movements that is essential to the overall balance of the sonata.

The fairly unknown Prélude by Sainte-Colombe le fils, however, is an excellent addition. Aziz makes extraordinary sense of the somewhat strange writing; his playing is full of breath and mystery. Yamamoto’s solo contribution to the disc, Handel’s Suite No 4 in E minor, HWV429, is equally delightful. The harpsichord gleams under Yamamoto’s touch; the Allemande and Sarabande in particular are intoxicating. At the centre of the disc is its pearl. The Prelude in D minor, an arrangement of the opening to the Keyboard Suite No 4 in D minor, is utterly gorgeous. Aziz weaves an improvisatory spell of arpeggiac magic; more of this, please. The sound, engineered and mastered by John Croft, is lovely throughout.

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