Handel: Organ Concertos, Opp. 4 & 7

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LABELS: Decca Double Decca
WORKS: Organ Concertos, Opp. 4 & 7
PERFORMER: George Malcolm (organ, hpschd), Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner
CATALOGUE NO: 452 235-2 ADD (1976)
One of the chief delights of this twenty-year-old recording of Handel’s Opp. 4 & 7 organ concertos lies in George Malcolm’s feeling for improvisation and ornament. Departing from custom, Malcolm plays harpsichord rather than organ in two of the works; but musically, nothing is lost since Handel wrote all but one of his organ concertos for an instrument without pedals. Throughout the programme, Malcolm is given clean and lively support by the strings and woodwind of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields directed by Neville Marriner. Nicholas Anderson