George Frideric Handel: Sonata in A minor, opus 1, n° 4, HWV 362 – Suite n° 8 in D major, HWV 441 – Suite n° 7 in D minor, HWV 432
Robert Gruca (Guitar)
Recording: St. Stanislaus Church, Cleveland, Ohio (September 2008) – 54’49
MSR Classics # 1417 – Booklet in English
Though widely prolific in the area of opera, George Frideric Handel was also a skillful harpsichordist. Here on this MSR Classics release we find two out of the three selections, originally written for the stringed keyboard, and one additional of Handel’s sonatas, destined for recorder, that have been transcribed by David Russell and William Kanengiser.
Robert Gruca’s craftsmanship is exposed in extreme detail. Thoughtful tempos are porous and secure, and the expression of Handel’s music is ethereally delightful. Following in the footsteps of Messieurs Russell and Kanengiser, Robert Gruca takes pause to add his own interpretation of the “Menuett” movement found in the first of two harpsichord transpositions. The benevolent diction captures the ear and pleases the soul. Lisa Sharon’s detailed forward is educational and precise.
Both pensive and lyrical, Robert Gruca has a treasure on his hands.