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JOHANN MATTHESON - 12 SUITES FOR HARPSICHORD
GILBERT ROWLAND

Following the fine critical praise for his pioneering recording of the complete Harpsichord Suites of G.F. Handel, Gilbert Rowland moves to the lesser known but equally inspired Johann Mattheson (1681-1764) who composed these suites in 1714. Although generally following the then current Dance Suite format used so much by Bach, Handel and others, Mattheson created variety with different dances (such as the Tocatine) and varying numbers of movements.

Certainly very musical and original, these Suites deserve to be considered on a level with those of Handel at the very least. Masterful performances by Gilbert Rowland who plays a 2-manual French-style instruments by Andrew Wooderson (2005) after an original from 1750 by Goemans.

Quick links: Handel Harpsichord Suites vol. 1 (DDA 21219) vol. 2 (DDA 21220) vol. 3 (DDA 21225)
all 2-CD sets at midprice.

CD DURATIONS:  55:56 - 56:11 - 59:41

AUDIO SAMPLE: Suite No. 5 in C minor -
I. Fantasie




dealer release date: June 16, 2017
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CD program:
Suite No. 1 in D minor
Suite No. 2 in A major
Suite No. 3 in D major
Suite No. 4 in G minor
Suite No. 5 in C minor
Suite No. 6 in E flat major
Suite No. 7 in B flat major
Suite No. 8 in D minor
Suite No. 9 in G minor
Suite No. 10 in E minor
Suite No. 11 in C major
Suite No. 12 in F minor

review extracts: for full reviews click here

[Rowland's] playing is nothing short of excellent, restrained when sobriety is needed, brilliant when brightness is in order, always elegant and technically dazzling. As usual with anything issued by Divine Art , the production by Stephen Sutton and the boxed packaging are first class, the engineering by John Taylor is splendid, the multi-lingual liner notes by Gilbert Rowland himself scholarly yet entertaining. For the inveterate collector this set is well-worth acquiring. Rafael de Acha (Rafael Music Notes)