Handel, Arne, JC Bach, Chilcot, Mozart

COMPOSERS: Arne,Chilcot,Handel,JC Bach,Mozart
LABELS: ISIS
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: The Royal Harpsichord of George III
WORKS: Suite in D minor; Sonata No. 1; Sonata No. 2; Sonata in D; Suite in E minor; Three Minuets, K2, K4 & K5
PERFORMER: Martin Souter (harpsichord)
CATALOGUE NO: CD 010 DDD
Mad he may have been, but George III had a good ear for harpsichords. This 1740 Tschudi, which he kept at Kew Palace, has a beautifully soft tone, precise yet singing, and Martin Souter plays it with characteristic finesse. His engaging programme of likely court favourites includes a graceful Handel suite, a sprightly JC Bach sonata and some early Mozart minuets. The real gems, though, are two exquisitely fashioned sonatas by Thomas Arne. Outstanding. Graham Lock

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