Handel: 8 ‘Great’ Suites
Harmonia Mundi HMU-907581.82 (2 CDs)
Handel: Harpsichord Suite No 2 in F major (9:35)
Richard Egarr, harpsichord
Today, Handel is best known for his many vocal masterpieces. However, during his lifetime, more copies of his keyboard works were in circulation than Bach’s or Scarlatti’s. A famed virtuoso and improviser, much of Handel’s harpsichord music was never written down. However, in 1720, not long after he had settled in England, a collection of eight ‘Great Suites’ was issued in London. Published by the composer himself, it includes works from both his Hamburg and English periods.