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Handel: Die Acht Grossen Suiten (Eight Great Suites)

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Handel: Die Acht Grossen Suiten (Eight Great Suites)
Handel: Die Acht Grossen Suiten (Eight Great Suites)


ECM New Series debut for the exceptional Russian-born pianist Lisa Smirnova, playing Handel's Eight Great Suites (1720), also known as "The Eight London Suites" or "Suites de Pièces pour le Clavecin" - by any name, major pieces in the keyboard literature. Outstanding artists from Glenn Gould to Keith Jarrett have been drawn to these suites, but there are very few recordings of all eight, either on piano or harpsichord, currently on the market. Smirnova opts for the modern piano. She had been working rigorously on the Suites for five years prior to undertaking this recording, making many discoveries.

The 1720 edition of Suites - HWV 426-433 - is considered by many the most important collection of Handel's early works. Published by the composer himself, it includes works from both his Hamburg and English periods, all extensively revised by the composer, right through the printing process.

Educated at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and with Maria Curcio and Robert Levin, Smirnova (born in Moscow, currently living in Austria) burst onto the classical scene in 1992 with a well-received debut at Carnegie Hall when she was only 20. In 1993, she received the Brahms Prize at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the first pianist ever to be honoured with this award, and her concert activities have extended to international concert podia in Europe, Asia and the USA. She has a long relationship with the Far East - since 2007 she has been Artistic Director of the Nagasaki-Ojika International Music Festival.

Smirnova's repertoire extends across the centuries - she has collaborated with contemporary composers including Kancheli, Silvestrov and Rihm, and won international awards for her recordings of Bach on MDG. Other widely-praised recordings include her account of Bloch's works for viola and piano with Daniel Raiskin, on BMG/Arte Nova.

Personnel: Lisa Smirnova (piano)


  1. Name
  2. Suite Nr. 2 F-Dur HWV 427, Adagio
  3. Allegro
  4. Adagio
  5. Allegro
  6. Suite Nr. 8 F-Moll HWV 433, Prelude
  7. Allegro
  8. Allemande
  9. Courante
  10. Gigue
  11. Suite Nr. 4 E-Moll HWV 429, Allegro
  12. Allemande
  13. Courante
  14. Sarabande
  15. Gigue
  16. Suite Nr. 5 E-Dur HWV 430, Prelude
  17. Allemande
  18. Courante
  19. Air Double 1-5
  20. Suite Nr. 3 D-Moll HWV 428, Prelude
  21. Allegro
  22. Allemande
  23. Courante
  24. Air Double 1-5
  25. Presto
  26. Suite Nr. 6 Fis-Moll HWV 431, Prelude
  27. Largo
  28. Allegro
  29. Gigue
  30. Suite Nr. 1 A-Dur HWV 426, Prelude
  31. Allemande
  32. Courante
  33. Gigue
  34. Suite Nr. 7 G-Moll HWV 432, Ouverture
  35. Andante
  36. Allegro
  37. Sarabande
  38. Gigue
  39. Passacaille
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