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Arne: Six Favourite Concertos / Nicholson, Et Al


Release Date: 11/08/2005 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55251   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Paul Nicholson
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Thomas Arne, (who wrote “Rule Britannia”) is underplayed. Practically everything I’ve heard by him is of interest on multiple levels, either as an original voice utilizing the harmonic and melodic materials of the English baroque style, or as an innovator, at least to my ears, conjuring novel expressions within those materials, or simply as a good tunesmith.

Both harpsichord and organ are featured in these marvelous keyboard concertos. The mood is often quite grand and regal with processional opening movements setting the stage for the more virtuoso passages in succeeding movements.

The sound quality of the recorded venue, All Hallow's Church, Gospel Oak, London, has a rich reverberation that is luxurious but not
Read more long enough to be annoying. This large sound in fact further enhances the grandiose quality of Arne’s concertos.

The marvelous 5th concerto in G minor, with an opening Largo full of half cadences on the dominant but favoring the leading tone high in the strings, is particularly imaginative and noteworthy as each cadence leaves you hanging only to be somewhat satisfied by resolution within the succeeding melody. All of these four movement concertos offer different approaches within the style so as to be quite distinctive and enjoyable. If Arne is new to you, on repeated listening you’ll have a favorite, then a second favorite and then a third.

The Parley of Instruments is directed from the keyboard by Paul Nicholson who plays and conducts with complete assurance and creative energy. Very highly recommended.

- Greg La Traille, ArkivMusic.com

"Delightful music in delightful performances with oustanding sound. Highly recommended." - Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1.
Favourite Concertos (6) for Keyboard: no 1 in C major by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1750-1778; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Length: 13 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
Favourite Concertos (6) for Keyboard: no 2 in G major by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Organ)
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1750-1778; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Length: 11 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Favourite Concertos (6) for Keyboard: no 3 in A major by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1750-1778; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Length: 16 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Favourite Concertos (6) for Keyboard: no 4 in B flat major by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Organ)
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1750-1778; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Length: 11 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Favourite Concertos (6) for Keyboard: no 5 in G minor by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1750-1778; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Length: 12 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Favourite Concertos (6) for Keyboard: no 6 in B flat major by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Nicholson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1750-1778; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Length: 11 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Great joy March 21, 2014 By J Blokhuis (Zutphen, Netherlands) See All My Reviews "When you listen in the winter to this music it is a medicin against the dark feelings! Arne is the unknown Händel!" Report Abuse
 Great Disk! July 5, 2012 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "From the very early days of the classical era, the works on this fine disk include 6 concertos for harpsichord, organ, and piano (2 concertos each) by the English composer Thomas Arne. All are spirited, high energy, and relatively short. Excellent sound and a wonderful performance by the Parley of Instruments ensemble. Definitely a pleasant listening experience. Recommended." Report Abuse
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