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George Malcolm, Sir Neville Marriner - Arne, C.P.E. Bach & J.C. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos (2017)

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George Malcolm, Sir Neville Marriner - Arne, C.P.E. Bach & J.C. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos (2017)

George Malcolm, Sir Neville Marriner - Arne, C.P.E. Bach & J.C. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 74:16 min | 171 MB
Label: Decca | Tracks: 17 | Rls.date: 2017

* Featuring many tracks for the first time on CD. There were many worlds in George Malcolm's (1917–1997) universe – organist, harpsichordist, pianist, composer, choral director and conductor – and this one demonstrates his unique skill as a solo performer who, throughout his career, more than any other individual defined the harpsichord's identity in England. After World War II Malcolm became the most famous English harpsichordist of his day, with a brilliant technique, superb musicianship and an idiosyncratically modern approach to playing which, for his audiences, came to exemplify the very nature of the instrument itself. In celebration of the centenary of his birth (28 February 1917). The present release explores George Malcolm's work from the 1960s as soloist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in concertos by Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Christian Bach and Thomas Arne. In addition to the concertos there are also samples of Malcolm's brilliant solo playing, including the F-major Sonata by Arne (as close to Scarlatti as an English composer ever came) and an exotic set of variations on 'Les Folies d'Espagne' by C.P.E. Bach. His brilliant, mercurial style is well suited to the younger generation Bachs, so different in outlook from their famous father and his dense, contrapuntal language. These recordings of the solo works and the J.C. Bach concerto were made using a large two-manual Goble harpsichord, while the familiar sound of the Thomas Goff instrument is heard in the concertos by C.P.E. Bach and Arne. Notes are by Peter Watchorn, an Australian-born, US-based harpsichordist, one of whose teachers, Harold Lobb, was also an associate of Malcolm. 'a stimulating record … splendidly recorded. The brilliance of both composers is most effectively conveyed and the wildness of some of the modulations and the mercurial quality of the faster movements of both the Bach symphony and concerto are arresting' (Arne, C.P.E. Bach) Gramophone, November 1968 'George Malcolm plays [the C.P.E. Bach concerto] with his usual astonishing expertise, and he is also superb in the variations on "La folia" by the same composer. Much of the credit in this excellent disc must be given to the string playing by Neville Marriner and his players … the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields sound [is] marvellously alive and buoyant … Argo are to be warmly congratulated' (Arne, C.P.E. Bach) Gramophone, July 1968 '[the J.C. Bach Concerto] is splendidly played here, with strong rhythms and plenty of nervous vitality … the recording is excellent.' (J.C. Bach) Gramophone, October 1969.

TRACKLIST
01. Arne: Harpsichord Concerto No.5 in G minor-1. Largo-Allegro con spirito - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
02. Arne: Harpsichord Concerto No.5 in G minor-2. Adagio - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
03. Arne: Harpsichord Concerto No.5 in G minor-3. Vivace - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
04. Arne: Sonata No.1 in F Major-1. Andante - George Malcolm
05. Arne: Sonata No.1 in F Major-2. Adagio - George Malcolm
06. Arne: Sonata No.1 in F Major-3. Allegro - George Malcolm
07. Arne: Overture No.1 in E minor - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
08. C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in B flat, Wq 182 No.2-1. Allegro di molto - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
09. C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in B flat, Wq 182 No.2-2. Poco adagio - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
10. C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in B flat, Wq 182 No.2-3. Presto - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
11. C.P.E. Bach: Variations on Les Folies d'Espagne - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
12. C.P.E. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in C minor Wq.43 no.4-1. Allegro assai - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
13. C.P.E. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in C minor Wq.43 no.4-2. Poco adagio-Tempo di Minuetto - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
14. C.P.E. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in C minor Wq.43 no.4-3. Allegro assai - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
15. J.C. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in A Major-1. Allegro - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
16. J.C. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in A Major, T297/l(ii)-2. Andante ma non troppo - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner
17. J.C. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in A Major, T297/l(ii)-3. Allegro - George Malcolm & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner

George Malcolm, Sir Neville Marriner - Arne, C.P.E. Bach & J.C. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos (2017)