Arne, C.P.E. Bach, J.C. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos
The present release explores George Malcolm`s work from the 1960s as soloist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in concertos by Carl Philipp Emanuel, Johann Christian Bach and Thomas Arne. In addition to the concertos there are also samples of Malcolm`s brilliant solo playing, including the F-major Sonata by Arne (as close to Scarlatti as an English composer ever came) and an exotic set of variations on `Les Folies d`Espagne` by C.P.E. Bach. His brilliant, mercurial style is well suited to the younger generation Bachs, so different in outlook from their famous father and his dense, contrapuntal language. These recordings of the solo works and the J.C. Bach concerto were made using a large two-manual Goble harpsichord, while the familiar sound of the Thomas Goff instrument is heard in the concertos by C.P.E. Bach and Arne.
Notes are by Peter Watchorn, an Australian-born, US-based harpsichordist, one of whose teachers, Harold Lobb, was also an associate of Malcolm.
THOMAS AUGUSTINE ARNE
Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in G minor
Sonata No. 1 in F major*
Overture No. 1 in E minor
CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH
Sinfonia in B flat major, Wq 182 No. 2*
Variations on Les Folies d’Espagne*
Harpsichord Concerto in C minor Wq 43 No. 4
JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH
Harpsichord Concerto in A major, T297/l(ii)
George Malcolm, harpsichord
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
*FIRST RELEASE ON CD