Suites by Purcell and Handel; Sonatas by Haydn

Trevor Pinnock

  • AllMusic Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

Suites by Purcell and Handel; Sonatas by Haydn Review

by James Manheim

The veteran British historical-performance conductor and keyboardist Trevor Pinnock offers something novel with this program, recorded at London's Wigmore Hall in May 2009: a recital of harpsichord music with the charateristics usually attached to the word in the phrase "piano recital." That is, he offers a set of pieces, from different eras and in different styles, that he perceives as linked by other, somewhat less tangible criteria. Pinnock hasn't lost his knack for innovative thinking, and this program works so well that one supposes the album will be the first of many of its kind. The connections led back, as is so often the case with promising ideas, to more tangible ones in turn; Pinnock, after contemplating a program containing works by Purcell, Handel, and Haydn -- three composers who have rarely indeed shared a bill -- he learned that Haydn, on a visit to London, played music by Purcell and remarked on both its beauty and difficulty. The connections of each of these composers with Handel, intervening on the chronological scale, are better known, and although you wouldn't look for Handel/Haydn links in the realm of keyboard music, Pinnock brings these to light, as well. The later of the two Haydn keyboard sonatas included, the Sonata in G major, Hob. 16/27, might well have been composed for the piano, and Pinnock resorts to some registration tricks to pull it off. Somehow this works: the entire program isn't one that wouldn't have been heard in the 18th century (nor, for that matter, would the modern kind of piano recital have been heard much in the 19th), but Pinnock in this case isn't aiming for authenticity, he is aiming to shake off the all-encompassing dominance of thinking in terms of historical periods as listeners react to music. A fresh round of inspiration from a master of historical performance. The live sound is straightforward and close-in, and the delightful booklet, containing such intriguing information as the fact that Pinnock's father was a Salvation Army bandleader, is another plus.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Suite No. 4 in A minor
1 Trevor Pinnock 00:48 SpotifyAmazon
2 Trevor Pinnock 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
3 Trevor Pinnock 01:18 SpotifyAmazon
4 Trevor Pinnock 01:34 SpotifyAmazon
Trevor Pinnock 01:42 SpotifyAmazon
Sonata in D major, Hob. 16/14
6 Trevor Pinnock 04:15 SpotifyAmazon
7 Trevor Pinnock 03:33 SpotifyAmazon
8 Trevor Pinnock 04:06 SpotifyAmazon
Suite No. 7 in G minor
9 Trevor Pinnock 04:55 SpotifyAmazon
10 Trevor Pinnock 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
11 Trevor Pinnock 02:13 SpotifyAmazon
12 Trevor Pinnock 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
13 Trevor Pinnock 01:28 SpotifyAmazon
14 Trevor Pinnock 04:04 SpotifyAmazon
Suite No. 2 in F major
15 Trevor Pinnock 02:14 SpotifyAmazon
16 Trevor Pinnock 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
17 Trevor Pinnock 01:30 SpotifyAmazon
18 Trevor Pinnock 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
Suite No. 2 in G minor
19 Trevor Pinnock 01:15 SpotifyAmazon
20 Trevor Pinnock 04:26 SpotifyAmazon
21 Trevor Pinnock 01:29 SpotifyAmazon
22 Trevor Pinnock 02:25 SpotifyAmazon
Sonata in G major, Hob. 16/27
23 Trevor Pinnock 05:08 SpotifyAmazon
24 Trevor Pinnock 04:46 SpotifyAmazon
25 Trevor Pinnock 03:52 SpotifyAmazon
Sonata in D major, Hob. 17/D1
26 Trevor Pinnock 02:17 SpotifyAmazon
27 Trevor Pinnock 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
blue highlight denotes track pick