George Frederick Handel

Violin Sonata in G minor, Op.1/6, HWV 364a

    Description by James Reel

    This is the original version of a Handel sonata found in a collection of pirate transcriptions for flute and oboe, published without authorization by John Walsh. In its violin form, it takes the key of G minor; the work follows the standard sonata layout of the time, four movements alternating slow and fast pieces.

    The opening Larghetto, in its minor key, features a sweet, sighing melody for the violin over a rather trudging accompaniment in the continuo (generally harpsichord and gamba or cello). The next movement, the first of two Allegros, takes off from a more angular theme and almost immediately slips into rapid passagework, a pattern that is repeated throughout the movement, sometimes with fairly smooth material alternating with the passagework one bar to another; the briefest of cadenzas flashes near the end. The exceptionally brief Adagio has little chance to do anything other than establish a more serene mood while serving as a transition to the concluding Allegro. This latter piece has elements of the gigue, with the violin melody twisting up and down the staff to a strongly marked rhythm in the bass line.


    1. Andante larghetto
    2. Allegro
    3. Adagio
    4. Allegro

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Brilliant Classics 95050BR
    2014 Hyperion CDS 444113
    2013 Cedille Records CDR 1002
    2012 Camerata Records CAM 28219
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94214
    2011 Naxos 8572245
    2011 Regis Records RRC1106
    2011 Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697885782
    2011 MSR Classics MS1379
    2010 Erato / Virgin Classics 5099962862
    2010 Decca
    2009 Harmonia Mundi HMU90 7465/66
    2008 Berlin Classics / Edel Records 282
    2007 Cedille Records 99
    2007 Classic Mania 93320
    2006 Brilliant 92192
    2005 Harmonia Mundi 2907259
    2005 Melodiya MELCD 1000880
    2003 Virgin 45554
    2002 Philips 470 893-2PB9
    2000 Angel Records 67316
    1999 CRD Records 3374
    1999 Cedille Records 32
    1999 Iron Needle 1321
    1996 Globe 6032
    1995 Hyperion CDA66921/3
    1994 Denon Records 75858
    1993 Curb 78033
    Grammofono 2000 78630
    Public Music 1033
    Harmonia Mundi 907259
    DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 38207-08
    Hungaroton 12657
    Brilliant 92192/2
    DHM Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77152-2
    Strings 318-9