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The Pleasures of the Imagination
Dr Blow's Chacone in Faut *
in F major / in F-Dur / en fa majeur
Morlake Ground *
Suite No.2 *
in A major / in A-Dur / en la majeur
in D minor / in d-Moll / en ré mineur
Suite of Lessons †
in C major / in C-Dur / en ut majeur
(late seventeenth century - 1744)
Third Set of Lessons †
in B flat major / in B-Dur / en si bémol majeur
Prelude. Allegro - Largo - Allegro - Largo
THOMAS AUGUSTINE ARNE
Sonata III †
in G major / in G-Dur / en sol majeur
from Eight Sonatas or Lessons (1756)
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Sonata, Op.17 No.2 †
in C minor / in c-Moll / en ut mineur
from Six Sonatas (1779)
Total time: 75:20
Solo: Sophie Yates harpsichord
On this new album, our exclusive artist Sophie Yates focuses on English harpsichord music, after successful French and Spanish recordings and a highly praised Handel series, among much else.
As she explains: ‘With this anthology, I hope to give an overview of English keyboard music during the course of the eighteenth century. Two significant figures cast their long shadows over this period of music in England: the first of these is Henry Purcell, whose legacy dominated the beginning of the century; the second is George Frideric Handel, who embodies the idea of eighteenth-century English music for so many. However, this recital explores the work of the other English composers who, in their various ways, wove the fabric of the musical scene in London at a time when it was the most vibrant city in Europe.’
From the influence of Purcell in the opening pieces by his pupil John Blow to the distinctive harmonic language of the concluding Sonata by Johann Christian Bach, this recital spans a century of forgotten yet immensely diverse English music for the harpsichord.
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"...Sophie Yates is one of the finest keyboard players around who often comes up with interesting programmes. That is certainly the case here. She is a most eloquent advocate of this neglected repertoire. With her style of playing this music is anything but dull and as a result this disc is a compelling music lesson. She plays two different harpsichords, both copies of French 18th-century instruments... It is to be hoped that English keyboard music of the late 17th and early 18th centuries will receive more attention than it has so far..."
Johan van Veen - MusicWeb-International.com - 24 August 2016
Performance ***** Recording ****
“... An excellent survey of 100 years of English harpsichord music, superbly played.”
George Pratt – BBC Music magazine – October 2016
“... As usual, Yates plays with precision and a winning sense of enjoyment and bounce...”
Lindsay Kemp – Gramophone magazine – September 2016
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