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The Pleasures of the Imagination: English 18th Century Music for the Harpsichord / Yates

Release Date: 07/29/2016 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 0814   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John BlowJeremiah ClarkeWilliam CroftMaurice Greene,   ... 
Performer:  Sophie Yates
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 other
Read more harpsichordists do these days, providing crisp gains in clarity and presence.

– Gramophone

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.

– MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

Chaconne in F major by John Blow
Performer:  Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Morlake Ground by John Blow
Performer:  Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
Choice Lessons for the Harpsichord or Spinet, Suite No. 2 in A Major by Jeremiah Clarke
Performer:  Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Suite for Harpsichord in D minor by William Croft
Performer:  Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
A Collection of Lessons for the Harpsichord, Suite No. 14 in C Major by Maurice Greene
Performer:  Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Lessons for Harpsichord, Set No. 3 in B-Flat Major by Richard Jones
Performer:  Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Sonatas or Lessons (8) for Harpsichord: no 3 in G major by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1756; London, England 
Sonatas (6) for Keyboard, Op. 17: no 2 in C minor by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1779; London, England 

Featured Sound Samples

Chaconne in F Major
Morlake Ground

Customer Reviews

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 Musical revelations from 18th cent. England December 28, 2016 By 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
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