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Matheson: 12 Suites for Harpsichord / Rowland

Release Date: 06/16/2017 
Label:  Athene   Catalog #: 23301  
Composer:  Johann Mattheson
Performer:  Gilbert Rowland
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gilbert Rowland is one of Europe's most senior and accomplished exponents of the harpsichord. Following his critically acclaimed 6-album series of the Harpsichord Suites of Handel for Divine Art, he presents the equally fine but lesser known Suites by Mattheson, writtein in 1714. For this album he moves to the Athene imprint specializing now in baroque music and ''period'' instruments. Mattheson was a prodigious composer, conductor and was a friend of Handel, though the two did come to blows in the midst of an opera performance. His work follows the traditional ''dance suite'' format with small variations and is a fine example of excellent baroque music which was not perhaps promoted enough in its own time and is only now once again being Read more rediscovered and appreciated. Read less

Works on This Recording

Pičces de clavecin, Vol. 2: Suites (12) by Johann Mattheson
Performer:  Gilbert Rowland (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Complete but Disappointing November 24, 2017 By Peter K. (Fort Collins, CO) See All My Reviews "I was so taken by the selection of Mattheson suite movements recorded by Cristiano Holtz that I wanted a complete version so got these. I settled in with my score looking forward to fresh revelations, and found myself disappointed. I felt these renditions lacked the drive, the flair for the dramatic, and the exuberance that Holtz brought to his recording. I am glad to have this set, and agree with Rowland that it is mystifying why Mattheson has not drawn more attention given the high quality of his musical invention. But my litmus test is this--do I want to play a CD over and over when it is new? I did with Holtz, but alas not with Rowland. A qualified recommendation, for serious enthusiasts only." Report Abuse
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