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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This iconoclastic U.S. release of music from 18th century London, with its cover indication of the old instruments played by violinist Martin Davids and organist David Yearsley, seems to promise historical performances, but this is only partly true. The two musicians do use historical instruments, but the combination of violin and organ is unusual on the face of it, and some of its applications are even more so. What is actually involved is a fanciful take on music that would have been familiar to London audiences of the time, which was justified, as Yearsley puts it in his fine notes, by "the tradition of opportunistic adaptation Handel so brilliantly and ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This iconoclastic U.S. release of music from 18th century London, with its cover indication of the old instruments played by violinist Martin Davids and organist David Yearsley, seems to promise historical performances, but this is only partly true. The two musicians do use historical instruments, but the combination of violin and organ is unusual on the face of it, and some of its applications are even more so. What is actually involved is a fanciful take on music that would have been familiar to London audiences of the time, which was justified, as Yearsley puts it in his fine notes, by "the tradition of opportunistic adaptation Handel so brilliantly and unapologetically cultivated." This argument by itself is entirely reasonable; Handel and other composers of the era never hesitated to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and the organ, especially in small, peppy versions like the Neapolitan instrument played by Yearsley here, had its secular uses in a variety of instrumental music. The three Scarlatti sonatas heard here certainly work on the organ, and the various sonatas for violin and continuo, while a bit unusual on the organ, are fresh rather than odd, and the brooding, knotted "Sonata No. 12 in D minor" of Francesco Maria Veracini, from the set entitled "Sonate accademiche," may even be enhanced by this treatment. Other works stretch the point a bit too far. The combination of violin and organ adds nothing to Handel's familiar aria "V'adoro pupille" from "Giulio Cesare" or Arne's "Where the Bee Sucks," and it positively damages Purcell's "Fantasy upon One Note," where the meantone tuning of the organ the violin gets the "one note" in this arrangement forces the instrument into some brutally out-of-tune chords as this chromatic work proceeds. This is nothing more than an academic exercise itself, but the program as a whole is briskly and engagingly played, and it's true that the general spirit would not have been unfamiliar to a Baroque composer. Recommended for those whose taste in Baroque performance runs to the offbeat. The sound, from a chapel at Cornell University in upstate New York, is unpleasantly brittle. Yearsley's notes are in English only.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2008
  • Label: Musica Omnia
  • UPC: 801890011127
  • Catalog Number: 111
  • Sales rank: 181,995

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Acis and Galatea, oratorio, HWV 49: Sinfonia - George Frideric Handel & Peter Watchorn (3:03)
  2. 2 Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2 - Henry Purcell & Peter Watchorn (3:34)
  3. 3 Fantasia upon one note, for 5 viols in F major, Z. 745 - Henry Purcell & Peter Watchorn (3:06)
  4. 4 Dance for the Chinese Man and Woman: Chaconne (from "The Fairy Queen"), Z. 629/51 - Henry Purcell & Peter Watchorn (4:12)
  5. 5 Fantasia for solo violin in B flat major (from Ayrs for the Violin) - Nicola Matteis & Peter Watchorn (2:21)
  6. 6–9 Trio sonata in G minor - Johann Christoph Pepusch & Peter Watchorn (9:06)
  7. 7 Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 22 (L. 360) - Domenico Scarlatti & Peter Watchorn (2:38)
  8. 8 Sonata for keyboard in A minor, K. 3 (L. 378) - Domenico Scarlatti & Peter Watchorn (3:49)
  9. 9 Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 18 (L. 416) - Domenico Scarlatti & Peter Watchorn (4:19)
  10. 13–16 Sonata for violin & continuo in D minor, Op. 2/12 - Francesco Maria Veracini & Peter Watchorn (16:03)
  11. 14 Tempest, incidental music: Where the bee sucks - Thomas Arne & Peter Watchorn (1:56)
  12. 15 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: V'adoro pupille - George Frideric Handel & Peter Watchorn (5:41)
  13. 19–22 Trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo in F major, HWV 392 - George Frideric Handel & Peter Watchorn (12:43)
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David Yearsley Primary Artist
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