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George Frideric Handel

Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, No. 1  Play

Amit Peled Cello
Stefan Petrov Piano

Recorded on 11/25/2015, uploaded on 06/16/2016

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Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, No. 1     George Frideric Handel, arr. August Lindner
I.     Grave    (1820 – 1878)
II.     Allegro
III.     Sarabande – Largo
IV.     Allegro

This piece was originally composed around 1703 as the Oboe Concerto in G minor, HWV 287 while Handel was a young man living in Hamburg. The tune of the first movement, Grave, is introduced by a ritornello-like, dotted-rhythm filled passage that reappears twice as the movement unfolds--once to mark the move to B flat major at the movement's center, and then again to wrap things up at the end. In the brief Allegro that follows, the soloist starts alone, offering a firmly articulated subject that soon tumbles forth in somewhat more virtuosic fashion. The Sarabande in B flat major is warm and gentle, the final Allegro bold and extrovert, with ample opportunities for the soloist to shine.                        Notes by Blair Johnston

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