Ragna Schirmer is renowned for her unique interpretations of Baroque music. Twice winner of the international Bach Competition Leipzig, she subsequently caused a sensation with her recording of the Goldberg Variations. For her album of Georg Friedrich Handel’s suites the pianist was awarded the ECHO Classic Award and the Handel Prize of the city of Halle. The art of nuance, attention to detail, and the courage to place the familiar in new contexts are what make Ragna Schirmer’s interpretations of these Baroque masters so unique and distinct.
Her sense of tone and flexibility have allowed the pianist to make increasing use of historical keyboard instruments. Following her two critically acclaimed double-albums of the works of Joseph Haydn, the first of which also received an ECHO award, she has performed works from the Viennese Classic to the Romantic, including interpretations on fortepianos from the respective epochs.
On this album Ragna Schirmer pursues her passion for Handel, highlighting the contemporary and timeless character of the Baroque master’s compositions. The breadth of her interpretations range from a fortepiano from the 18th century, through to a Hammond B3 from 1957.