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Smith & Handel - G.F. Handel: Overture to 'Riccardo Primo'; J.C. Smith: Six Lessons, Op. 13 / Julian Perkins, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Overtures, HWV 456
>Smith, John Christopher : Suites of Lessons (6), for harpsichord, Op. 3
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed harpsichordist and early music specialist Julian Perkins here presents the premiere recording of Six Suites, op. 3, by Handel's assistant, John Christopher Smith. This project seeks to reappraise Smith the composer, whose music bubbles over with brilliance, wit and charm. In his pieces, athletic hand crossings, unpredictable figurations, sudden major to minor key shifts and sequences built over repeated left-hand chords vie with one another to create music both technically demanding and theatrical. An arrangement by Handel of his Riccardo Primo overture also features.

Sunday Times, 10th May 2015
These six suites reveal a strikingly individual and gifted composer, often reminiscent of Domenico Scarlatti. The exuberantly stylish Julian Perkins is just the man for the job and tellingly collides the work of master and servant with a Handel keyboard transcription at the start.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
His music occupies a strange sort of halfway territory between the late Baroque style and the progressive early Classical mould, and Julian Perkins captures the dichotomy of mid-18th-century England's Scarlattian obsession and the emerging rococo style in his judicious playing of Smith's Six Suites of Lessons for the Harpsichord...These playful lessons amply repay Perkins's curiosity.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: William Bailey , Mabyn Bailey (harpsichord).

Recording information: Great Hall, Forde Abbey, Dorset, England (12/07/2011-12/09/2011).



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>Handel, George Frideric : Overtures, HWV 456 :: Overture to Riccardo Primo, re d'Inghilterra
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Great Hall, Forde Abbey, Dorset, England (12/07/2011-12/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1724

>Smith, John Christopher : Suites of Lessons (6), for harpsichord, Op. 3
  • Performer: Julian Perkins (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Great Hall, Forde Abbey, Dorset, England (12/07/2011-12/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 69 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical