Seong-Jin Cho The Handel Project: Handel: 3 Suites & Brahms: Handel Variations 2LP

Seong-Jin Cho

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Sensational South Korean Pianist Shares His Love for Handel on 2LP!
Each Work Is Brilliantly Full of Character & Life!

The spectacular South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho steps back in time, presenting three of Handel's exquisite suites. His album The Handel Project couples outstanding pieces by Handel from the early 1700s with Brahms' virtuosic "Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel."

Handel's keyboard suites have remained strangers to most concert pianists. Thus, Seong-Jin Cho sheds new light on some of the most heartfelt of all Baroque music: The Handel Project contains three of the 28-year-old pianist's favorite suites from Handel's first collection of "Suites de pièces pour le clavecin." The artist was drawn to Handel's keyboard suites after years of immersion in music from later periods. Having fallen in love with their wealth of musical ideas and wide-ranging melodic invention, Cho listened to recordings of the works on harpsichord, the instrument for which they were conceived, and refined his finger technique in order to give different tone colours and weight to Handel's contrapuntal lines. He has avoided the sustaining pedal as much as possible, but modified some of the dynamic markings in order to exploit the potential of a modern piano.

"For me, Handel's music comes directly from the heart, so people can easily follow it", says Cho.

He was also keen to explore the ways in which Handel influenced later composers and so chose to record Brahms's enormously creative response to music from one of the suites as well. Brahms based his 25 variations on the Air from Handel's Suite No. 3 in B flat major HWV 434, a simple theme on which Handel himself built four short variations. For Cho, these are "the best variations that have ever been written".

The album concludes with two individual movements from Handel's second volume of Suites de pièces pour le clavecin, published in 1733: a Sarabande in B flat major (HWV 440/3), and Wilhelm Kempff's arrangement of a Menuetto in G minor.


  • Double LP


Seong-Jin Cho piano


George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)

Suite No. 2 in F major HWV 427
from 8 Suites de Pièces pour le Clavecin, 1720
  1. Adagio
  2. Allegro
  3. Adagio
  4. Allegro [Fugue]
Suite No. 8 in F minor HWV 433
from 8 Suites de Pièces pour le Clavecin, 1720
  1. Prélude
  2. Allegro [Fugue]
  3. Allemande
  4. Courante
  5. Gigue
Suite No. 5 in E major HWV 430
from 8 Suites de Pièces pour le Clavecin, 1720
  1. Prélude
  2. Allemande
  3. Courante
  4. Air – Double I–V [Air with 5 Variations "The Harmonious Blacksmith"]

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel in B flat major op. 24
Variation I
Variation II. Animato
Variation III. Dolce
Variation IV. Risoluto
Variation V. Espressivo
Variation VI. Sempre legato
Variation VII. Con vivacità
Variation VIII
Variation IX. Poco sostenuto
Variation X. Energico
Variation XI. Dolce
Variation XII. Soave
Variation XIII. Largamente, ma non più
Variation XIV. Sciolto
Variation XV
Variation XVI. Piano ma marcato
Variation XVII. Più mosso
Variation XVIII. Grazioso
Variation XIX. Leggiero e vivace
Variation XX. Legato
Variation XXI. Dolce
Variation XXII
Variation XXIII. Vivace e staccato
Variation XXIV
Variation XXV

George Frideric Handel

Sarabande in B flat major HWV 440/3
3rd mvt. from Suite No. 7 in B flat major from 9 Suites de Pièces pour le Clavecin, 1733
Menuetto in G minor arr. Wilhelm Kempff in past editions treated as 4th mvt. from Suite No. 1 in B flat major HWV 434
from 9 Suites de Pièces pour le Clavecin, 1733

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