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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.


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


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

Philomusica of London
Thurston Dart, organ & conductor