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Smith & Handel: George Frideric Handel: Overture to Riccardo Primo - John Christopher Smith: Six Lessons, Op. 3

Julian Perkins

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Transkriptionen von Opernouvertüren, HWV 456  
1
Overture to Riccardo Primo
George Frideric Handel; Julian Perkins
3:48
6 Suites of Lessons, Op. 3, No. 1 in A Major  
2
I. Allegro
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
5:19
3
II. Larghetto
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
5:18
4
III. Vivace
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
3:24
6 Suites of Lessons, Op. 3, No. 2 in C Minor  
5
I. Andante allegro
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
5:52
6
II. Allegro
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
3:22
7
III. Allegro
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
3:19
6 Suites of Lessons, Op. 3, No. 3 in F Major  
8
I. Andante allegro
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
4:55
9
II. Allemande
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
2:50
10
III. Allegro
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
3:09
6 Suites of Lessons, Op. 3, No. 4 in B-Flat Major  
11
I. Andante
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
4:55
12
II. Allegro
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
2:05
13
III. Tempo di gavotte
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
2:06
6 Suites of Lessons, Op. 3, No. 5 in G Major  
14
I. Vivace
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
2:32
15
II. Allegro
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
3:40
16
III. Allegro
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
2:58
17
IV. Minuetto - 5 Variations
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
4:47
6 Suites of Lessons, Op. 3, No. 6 in D Major  
18
I. Cappricio
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
2:39
19
II. Allegro
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
3:04
20
III. Andante gustoso
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
3:11
21
IV. Gigue
John Christopher Smith; Julian Perkins
3:55
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    77:08
Internationally acclaimed harpsichordist and early classical music specialist Julian Perkins presents the premiere recording of six suites for harpsichord by Handel’s assistant, John Christopher Smith. The programme also features an arrangement by Handel of the overture to his opera Riccardo Primo. Music assistants often had a poor reputation and Smith was no exception. This project seeks to reappraise Smith the composer, whose prolific music displays brilliance, wit and charm, not to mention an irresistible penchant for trills. As a man of the theatre, Smith cultivated a style that is both technically demanding and theatrical.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue Great Hall, Forde Abbey, Dorset; 7 – 9 December 2011
Executive Producer: Ralph Couzens
Recording Producer: Adrian Hunter
Sound Engineer: Adrian Hunter Editor Adrian Hunter
Mastering: Robert Gilmour
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Front cover: The Thames from Somerset House Terrace towards the City (c. 1750) by Giovanni Antonio Canal (1697 – 1768), better known as Canaletto / Royal Collection Trust © 2015 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Back cover: Photograph of Julian Perkins at the Handel House Museum, November 2013 © Andy Craggs
Design and typesetting: Cap & Anchor Design Co.
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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