Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter

Handel: Keyboard Suites, Vol. 1

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AllMusic Review by James Leonard

Of course, the listener can tell the Handel Suites played by Andrei Gavrilov from the Handel Suites played by Sviatoslav Richter. Gavrilov's Suites are superbly played, thoughtfully performed, and persuasively interpreted. Richter's Suites, however, are supremely well played, penetratingly performed, and profoundly interpreted. Gavrilov's Suites are among the best recordings of the Suites ever made, catching the works' playfulness and seriousness, their sense of intimacy, and their sense of entertainment. Richter's Suites, however, are among the best recordings of anything ever made, plumbing the depths of the works' emotions, reaching the heights of their excitement, and realizing all the greatness and magnificence of their genius. Some listeners might legitimately prefer the Suites performed on the harpsichord, the instrument for which Handel intended them. But any listener with ears to hear should hear these recordings. Gavrilov is as good as the best. Richter, however, is better than the best. EMI's early-'80s sound is perhaps a bit too recessed and a little too reverberant.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.1 in A major, HWV 426
1 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 03:12 Amazon
2 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 03:04 Amazon
3 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:11 Amazon
4 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:45 Amazon
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.2 in F major, HWV 427
5 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 03:28 Amazon
6 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:13 Amazon
7 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 01:45 Amazon
8 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:34 Amazon
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.3 in D minor, HWV 428
9 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 01:03 Amazon
10 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:21 Amazon
11 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 03:30 Amazon
12 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 01:49 Amazon
13 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 10:23 Amazon
14 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 04:36 Amazon
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.4 in E minor, HWV 429
15 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 03:27 Amazon
16 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:34 Amazon
17 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:07 Amazon
18 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 04:47 Amazon
19 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 01:27 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.5 in E major ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), HWV 430
1 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 01:49 Amazon
2 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 04:47 Amazon
3 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:05 Amazon
4 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 04:40 Amazon
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.6 in F sharp minor, HWV 431
5 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 01:20 Amazon
6 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 03:16 Amazon
7 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 03:04 Amazon
8 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:48 Amazon
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.7 in G minor, HWV 432
9 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 06:21 Amazon
10 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 03:41 Amazon
11 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 01:54 Amazon
12 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 05:10 Amazon
13 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 01:15 Amazon
14 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 04:42 Amazon
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.8 in F minor, HWV 433
15 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:48 Amazon
16 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 03:05 Amazon
17 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:51 Amazon
18 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 01:54 Amazon
19 Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter 02:14 Amazon
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