John Garth - Accompanied Keyboard Sonatas Opus 2 & 4
Gary Cooper (harpsichord, spinet, square piano & organ)
Pavlo Beznosiuk & Caroline Balding (violins)
Richard Tunnicliffe (cello)
Along with his friend and teacher Charles Avison, John Garth was one of the leading lights of the music scene in northern England in the late 18th century. His music was completely neglected until re-introduced by the Avison Ensemble in concerts and with our world premiere recording of his now-famous Cello Concertos.
In his lifetime Garth was best known for his Op. 2 Keyboard Sonatas, written in the northern English style with accompaniment by two violins and cello; this and the Op. 4 set represent almost the last flowering of the true baroque era. Each sonata is in two-movement form and while thoroughly 'conventional' in style, include some masterful composition and endlessly fascinating listening. We are delighted to have made another recording with the superb Gary Cooper who performs on harpsichord (by Kirkman), spinet (by Relfe, 1730), square piano (by Joseph Kirckman, 1797) and organ (by William Drake).
This is our 8th world premiere recording and these have all been of fantastic music from North East England. 2 CD set on Divine Art.
- World premiere recording
'The recording is excellent, as it needs to be, in order to do justice to the top-drawer musicianship on display from these fine players.' International Record Review
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