Spotlight on the Netherlands: The Recorder Sonatas

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Program: #10-10   Air Date: Mar 01, 2010

Some of the most beautiful and haunting music in Handel's work is for recorder (or flute) and harpsichord--Eric Bosgraaf and Francesco Corti illustrate why. We continue our long and fruitful association with our partners at Radio Netherlands in presenting a series of concerts from the 2009 Holland Festival of Early Music at Utrecht. The RNW web site provides more in-depth information about the music and performers we hear as well as more information about the festival ( The primary theme for 2009 was the 250th anniversary of the death of Handel and the 350th of the birth of Purcell. RNW has also prepared a short YouTube video introduction to the festival for this year:

NOTE: All of the music on these programs is performed by the Erik Bosgraaf, recorder and Francesco Corti, harpsichord. All of these works (except the earlier HWV 358 from the Italian period) were written by Handel around 1725.

For more information:


--Sonata in F Major, HWV 358

--Sonata in C Major, HWV 365

--Sonata in a minor, HWV 362

--Sonata in b minor, HWV 367a

--Sonata in Bb Major, HWV 377

--Sonata in D major, HWV 369

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