Vigorous and sunny performances, as fresh as a new-laid egg.
In a bright church acoustic (Bethlehemkerk, Papendrecht, Holland) this set has an instant appeal. Hurford's playing is regular and vigorous, matching the full-blooded pounce of Rifkin's direction, all as fresh as a new-laid egg. Nor is there any trace of inhibition over matters of period etiquette. Though Hurford's figured bass realization and his ornamentation are impeccably correct, he plays his slow movements lovingly and his fast ones drive fearlessly forward. The strings blossom at every opportunity, their accompaniments in slow music making a warm embrace, their solos (e.g. at the start of Op. 4 No. 3) pushful and romantic. There is sometimes a littleRead more informality int the greeting between soloist and ensemble at the final cadence. It would be a tough old ear, though, which failed to respond to the sunshine of these Hurford/Rifkin performances.
Concerto for Organ in A major, HWV 296by George Frideric Handel Performer:
Peter Hurford (Organ)
Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque Written: 1739; London, England