HANDEL: 8 Great Suites for Harpsichord (2CD) – Asako Ogawa

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Released: 7 July 2023
Limited edition of 300 physical units

Asako Ogawa harpsichord

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759)
8 Great Suites for Harpsichord, HWV 426–433 (1720)

Chaconne in G major, HWV435 (1733 based on 2nd version)

The album will be available as a physical 2CD DigiSleeve and on all digital platforms

Recording venue: St Saviour, Chalk Farm, London, UK, 27, 29 and 31 August 2022
Produced by Nicholas Parle
Engineered, edited and mastered by John Croft (Chiaro Audio)

Album photo: Craig White

Press Quotes

‘Asako Ogawa explores the rich variety of styles with rhythmic suppleness and a lively feeling for characterisation. Her extrovert gestures are spontaneous and authoritative, qualities which greatly enhance the two sets of Air and Variations… Recorded sound is vibrant, allowing for every characteristic nuance of the Dulcken model and its selected tuning to be savoured.’ (PERFORMANCE: ***** / RECORDING: ***** BBC Music Magazine)

‘In all, her Handel Suites count among the best recorded versions’. (Gramophone Magazine)

‘Overall, this recording is a considerable achievement’ (Early Music Review)

‘The Overture to Suite Seven magisterial, and the final Passacaille a final summation of Ogawa’s musicianship and technical brilliance, so together with a lovely harpsichord and excellent recording quality, this recording is very highly recommended.’ (Consort Magazine)

 

… Ogawa’s is special in so many ways (Chaconne): in her lovely sense of pacing; in the extreme, yet tasteful ornamentation that adds to the work’s momentum; in the gorgeous colors she elicits from her chosen instrument; the beautiful clarity of articulation and balancing of voices; and not least of all, in the gorgeous way she characterizes each and every variation, with an understanding of not just what came before, but what is to come… The recording was captured in a crystal-clear acoustic… do yourself a favor and take a listen to this release. You may hear qualities that you’ve never been aware of before. And you may be surprised at just how dynamic the instrument can be in the right hands (Fanfare)

(ꭅꭅꭅꭅ, Diapason Magazine)

‘There are many strong virtues. She finds clear contrasts of emotions from piece to piece, always choosing a character that makes sense. She takes the time in slow pieces to let us hear her harpsichord’s resonance… Her improvised additions to enhance the melodies sometimes include double notes (new voices) in the right hand, an enjoyable decoration.’ (American Record Guide)