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John Garth (1721-1810): Accompanied Keyboard Sonatas, Opp. 2 & 4 / Gary Cooper, harpsichord, organ, fortepiano

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  1. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in G Major, Op. 2, No. 1: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in G Major, Op. 2, No. 1: II. Rondeau. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in F Major, Op. 2, No. 2: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in F Major, Op. 2, No. 2: II. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, Op. 2, No. 3: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, Op. 2, No. 3: II. Tempo di minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 2, No. 4: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 2, No. 4: II. Rondeau. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 5: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 5: II. Tempo di minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in E Major, Op. 2, No. 6: I. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in E Major, Op. 2, No. 6: II. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Op. 4, No. 1: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Op. 4, No. 1: II. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in E Minor, Op. 4, No. 2: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in E Minor, Op. 4, No. 2: II. Tempo di minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 4, No. 3: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 4, No. 3: III. Tempo di minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Op. 4, No. 4: I. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Op. 4, No. 4: II. Tempo di gavotta. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 4, No. 5: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 4, No. 5: II. Spiritoso $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, Op. 4, No. 6: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Garth — Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, Op. 4, No. 6: II. Rondeau. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Garth, John III : Sonatas (6) for keyboard accompanied by 2 violins & cello, Op. 2
>Garth, John III : Sonatas (6) for keyboard accompanied by 2 violins & cello, Op. 4
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hailing from the northern British city of Durham, John Garth's first set of six accompanied sonatas, op. 2, appeared in 1768. Following its success, a second set, the op. 4, appeared c.1772. Garth's writing is quite lyrical and he makes frequent use of popular devices such as the popular 'Alberti bass' left-hand accompaniment. The op. 2 keyboard sonatas demonstrate that he could not only write popular music, but that he could employ some of the latest musical techniques with a touch of flair.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
John Garth (1721-1810) was a friend of the better- known composer and philosopher Charles Avison. Each of the sonatas here is cast in two contrasting movements - the strings (beautifully played by violinists Pavlo Beznosiuk and Caroline Balding and cellist Richard Tunnicliffe) often double the keyboard, which sometimes adds solo passages and more elaborate passagework. Cooper varies the sonic palette nicely by alternating between harpsichord, fortepiano, and chamber organ. Garth's music is charming. The recording has a bright, clean sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (04/18/2008-04/21/2008).



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>Garth, John III : Sonatas (6) for keyboard accompanied by 2 violins & cello, Op. 2
  • Performer: Gary Cooper (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Tunnicliffe
  • Ensemble: Avison Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (04/18/2008-04/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Garth, John III : Sonatas (6) for keyboard accompanied by 2 violins & cello, Op. 4
  • Performer: Gary Cooper (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Avison Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Hampshire, England (04/18/2008-04/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical