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Handel - Water Music / Mozart - Epistle Sonatas

Thurston: Dart Philomusica Of Lond

CD  |  Classical  |  16 Aug 2019


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Handel - Water Music / Mozart - Epistle Sonatas CD

 

 

 

Handel orchestral favourites from the 1950s in a winning combination of old-school polish and unaffected stylistic refinement. 
 
With this and several other albums, Eloquence celebrates the art of Thurston Dart, the harpsichordist, conductor and editor who played a leading role in the early-music revival in postwar Britain. After his death in 1971 at the age of just 49, his fellow harpsichordist Igor Kipnis paid fulsome tribute to ‘a man of many parts’, whose 1954 volume on The Interpretation of Music had attained testamentary authority among his fellow musicians, matched by the skill, style and flourish of his many recordings: ‘He was the ideal musicologist-performer.’
 
Kipnis singled out this 1959 L’Oiseau-Lyre recording of the Water Music as a classic. Alongside the legendary winds-only account of the Fireworks Music led by Sir Charles Mackerras it was chosen by Stereo Review in 1964 as a defining album in a general introduction to Baroque culture: ‘I cannot think of two other Baroque recordings that I could recommend more unreservedly.’ Dart and his colleague Brian Priestman attempted to reassemble the whole of the Water Music as it had first been heard, on a fine summer’s evening in 1717, played on barges sailing down the Thames.  
 
In his own booklet notes, reprinted in this Eloquence reissue, Dart explained that the LP format had necessitated the omission of some repeats in the music, but that ‘the orchestration on this disc is Handel’s throughout – he was one of the most skilful orchestrators of the 18th century, and may be presumed to have understood what he was doing’.
 
The couplings are drawn from a pair of Decca albums: overtures directed by Boyd Neel (in 1954) and George Szell (in 1961) with a chaste restraint and lively rhythmic precision that complements the extrovert fantasy of Dart’s performing instincts. Added are two of the Mozart Epistle Sonatas recorded in 1956.

 

DETAILS

Title: Handel - Water Music / Mozart - Epistle Sonatas

Format: CD

Release Date: 16 Aug 2019

Artist: Thurston: Dart Philomusica Of Lond

Sku: 2432538

Catalogue No: 4828531

Category: Classical

TRACKS

DISC 1

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685–1759)

Water Music*

1–8 Suite in F Major, HWV 348

9–12 Suite in G major, HWV 350

13–17 Suite in D Major, HWV 349

Philomusica of London

Thurston Dart

18 Alcina, HWV 34: Overture*

19 Berenice, HWV 38: Overture*

Boyd Neel Orchestra

Boyd Neel

20 Il Pastor Fido, HWV 8c: Minuet (arr. Beecham)

21 Serse, HWV 40: Largo (arr. Reinhard)

London Symphony Orchestra

George Szell

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)

22 Epistle Sonata in F major, KV 244*

23 Epistle Sonata in G major, KV 274*

Philomusica of London

Thurston Dart, organ & conductor