Handel violin Sonatas

Handel: Violin Sonatas

When I was a youngster, one of the first major pieces I was asked to study was one of the Handel violin sonatas. I have had the hard copy music for these sonatas since around 1947. Still have that music today, complete with my teacher’s notes.

At times, when I get together with a pianist to play some chamber music, I love to do the violin works by Schubert, Mozart, and… yes… the Handel sonatas. Brings back the days of “my youth”…

Here are the selections on this fine CD:


  • Sonata in A Major for violin and continuo, HWV361, Op. 1 No. 3
  • Sonata in G minor for violin or oboe and continuo, HWV364a, Op. 1 No. 6
  • Sonata in F major for violin and continuo, HWV370, Op. 1 No. 12
  • Sonata in D Minor for violin and continuo, HWV359a, Op. 1 No. 1
  • Sonata in G major for violin and continuo, HWV358
  • Sonata in D major for violin and continuo, HWV371, Op. 1 No. 13
  • Sonata in A major for violin and continuo, HWV372, Op. 1 No. 14
  • Recorder Sonata, HWV375

Performed by Riccardo Minasi (violin/director), with the Musica Antiqua Roma

These sonatas are beautifully performed; the violin has a very prominent part, of course. And the support provided by the Musica Antiqua is terrific.

The Audio CD was released on March 13, 2012

Here is a video to show you the playing caliber of Riccardo Minasi, with the Musica Antiqua Roma



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