Following successful French and Spanish harpsichord albums, Sophie Yates is at it again with English harpsichord music. "With this anthology, I hope to give an overview of English keyboard music during the course of the eighteenth century. Two significant figures cast their long shadows over this period of music in England: the first of which is Henry Purcell, whose legacy dominated the beginning of the century: the second of which is George Frederic Handel, who embodies the idea of eighteenth-century English music..."
Yates plays with precision and a winning sense of enjoyment and bounce. She makes less use of spread chords and rhythmic dislocation than many otherRead more harpsichordists do these days, providing crisp gains in clarity and presence.
Sophie Yates is one of the finest keyboard players around who often comes up with interesting programs. That is certainly the case here. She is a most eloquent advocate of this neglected repertoire. A splendid recital in every way.
Musical revelations from 18th cent. EnglandDecember 28, 2016By W. Snyder (Greenbelt , MD)See All My Reviews"These keyboard works for harpsichord were a revelation to me. I was unfamiliar with all of them, although not all the composers. The quality of the pieces and the performance was high. All were interesting and pleasant to listen to with some moments of profundity. Sophie Yates is a wonderful harpsichordist and the recording was excellent."Report Abuse