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Six Trio Sonatas
George Frideric Handel

Six Trio Sonatas

Ensemble Amalthée

Label: Aliud
Format: SACD hybrid
Barcode: 8717775550990
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Catalog number: ACDBL 852
Releasedate: 10-07-15
- these sonatas were written by Handel when he was around eleven years old, in 1696. 

- the sonatas were long considered to be works for two oboes; yet, the use of double strings in the first movement of the third sonata
leads us to believe that the handwritten composition was for oboe and violin, two richly contrasting voices with complementary tones.

- the performance of these sonatas by L’Ensemble Amalthée aims to showcase the characteristics of the works as much as possible while acknowledging in them the fusion of various European musical trends already felt by Handel: the art of ornamentation, that of pedalboard and the different articulations
In all likelihood these sonatas were written by Handel when he was
around eleven years old, in 1696. At the time, he readily wrote for the
oboe, which was, by his own admission, his favourite instrument; consequently, these sonatas were long considered to be works for two oboes;
yet, the use of double strings in the first movement of the third sonata
leads us to believe that the handwritten composition was for oboe and
violin, two richly contrasting voices with complementary tones.
For the past four years and thanks to the Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels’
mediation with his family, Handel had been a pupil of the Halle organist
Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow. This enlightened mind had already given
him a very European musical culture, teaching him to compose and play
the organ according to the different musical styles of the time. The trio
sonatas HWV 380-385 are all composed following the model of the
sonata da chiesa which had remained hugely fashionable since Corelli’s
works: in four movements, slow-fast-slow-fast; they demonstrate a very
strong and rigorous knowledge of counterpoint.
The performance of these sonatas by L’Ensemble Amalthée aims to
showcase the characteristics of the works as much as possible while acknowledging in them the fusion of various European musical trends already felt by Handel: the art of ornamentation, that of pedalboard and
the different articulations
Ensemble Amalthée draws its name from Greek mythology; Amalthea was the name of the goat that saved and nursed Zeus, king of the gods. Transformed into a constellation (Capricorn) after its death, it retained its protective mission since its skin became the Aegis, pulled over a shield to protect its carrier from harm and give courage to the hopeless.