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Thurston Dart

Handel: Water Music; Mozart: Epistle Sonatas (CD)

With this and several other albums, Eloquence celebrates the art of Thurston Dart, the harpsichordist, conductor and editor who played a leading role in the early-music revival in postwar Britain.

The couplings are drawn from a pair of Decca albums: overtures directed by Boyd Neel (in 1954) and George Szell (in 1961) with a chaste restraint and lively rhythmic precision that complements the extrovert fantasy of Dart’s performing instincts. Added are two of the Mozart Epistle Sonatas recorded in 1956

TRACK LIST

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685–1759)

Water Music
Suite in F Major, HWV 348
Suite in G major, HWV 350
Suite in D Major, HWV 349

Philomusica of London
Thurston Dart

Alcina, HWV 34: Overture
Berenice, HWV 38: Overture

Boyd Neel Orchestra
Boyd Neel

Il Pastor Fido, HWV 8c: Minuet (arr. Beecham)
Serse, HWV 40: Largo (arr. Reinhard)

London Symphony Orchestra
George Szell

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)

22 Epistle Sonata in F major, KV 244
23 Epistle Sonata in G major, KV 274

Philomusica of London
Thurston Dart, organ & conductor