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John Jones (1728-1796): Eight Sets of Lessons for the Harpsichord / Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord

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  1. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 1 in G Minor-Major: I. Preludium $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 1 in G Minor-Major: II. Allmand $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 1 in G Minor-Major: III. Lentement $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 1 in G Minor-Major: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 1 in G Minor-Major: V. Andante affettuoso $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 2 in A Minor-Major: I. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 2 in A Minor-Major: II. Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 2 in A Minor-Major: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 2 in A Minor-Major: IV. Giga $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 2 in A Minor-Major: V. Vivace - Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 3 in D Major: I. Allemand $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 3 in D Major: II. Courant $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 3 in D Major: III. Saraband $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 3 in D Major: IV. Giga. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 3 in D Major: V. Gavot. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 4 in F Major: I. Siciliana $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 4 in F Major: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 4 in F Major: III. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 4 in F Major: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 5 in E-Flat Major: I. Andante moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 5 in E-Flat Major: II. Allmand $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 5 in E-Flat Major: III. Corrante $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 5 in E-Flat Major: IV. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 5 in E-Flat Major: V. Minuet. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 6 in A Major: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 6 in A Major: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 6 in A Major: III. Pastorale $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 6 in A Major: IV. Air - Minuetto. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 7 in C Minor-Major: I. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 7 in C Minor-Major: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 7 in C Minor-Major: III. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 7 in C Minor-Major: IV. Gig $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 7 in C Minor-Major: V. Rondeau. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 8 in D Minor-Major: I. Spiritoso $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 8 in D Minor-Major: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 8 in D Minor-Major: III. Minuet $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Jones — 8 Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, No. 8 in D Minor-Major: IV. March. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Jones — Lessons for the Harpsichord, Vol. 2, Lesson No. 17 in D Major: III. Brillante $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Jones, John : Setts of Lessons (8), for the harpsichord
>Jones, John : Brillante, for harpsichord (from"'Lessons for the Harpsichord, 1761")
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Notes & Reviews:

A fascinating insight into English instrumental music from the mid-eighteenth century is being provided by Mitzi Meyerson for her latest Glossa recording: the Eight Setts of Lessons for the harpsichord by John Jones. Even today, a considered view of musical life in Baroque London is likely to overlook the presence of composers such as John Jones (or the probably unrelated Richard Jones - two separate releases of his chamber music have been recorded by Mitzi Meyerson), whose music is liable to be swept aside in favour of that all-commanding figure of Georg Frideric Handel. Yet, this John Jones concurrently held three important London organ posts for forty years, including at St Paul's Cathedral. Alas, little of Jones' compositional output remains except for these harpsichord Setts (or Suites), full of eighteenth-century inspiration and dance movements such as Sicilianas, Allemandes, Gavottes and Minuets. If Jones shows himself aware of orchestral scores by Handel, his music also nods - like Handel did - in the direction of CPE Bach. Such revelations to be found in the music of John Jones would amount to little if it weren't for the virtuosic brilliance and expressive characterization of the music provided by Mitzi Meyerson, as she has so richly demonstrated over recent years in forgotten gems by the likes of Gottlieb Muffat, Claude-Benigne Balbastre, Giovanni Battista Somis, as well as the just mentioned Richard Jones. This new recording of John Jones's keyboard music also sets up an intriguing comparison and question: how well do these Setts fare when put up alongside Handel's Keyboard Suites?

CD Review, 7th May 2016
A glorious surge of sound from harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2016
Jones's music is irresistibly colourful and eclectic ... it takes a skilled and seasoned performer to realise its full potential. Harpischord doyenne Mitzi Meyerson does not disappoint, and brings to these accounts improvisatory flair, expressive rhetorical gestures, balletic grace and agility ... this trove of lovely gems contributes significantly to our understanding of the soundscape of Georgian England.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2016
Harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson has tremendous fun with these Eight Setts of Lessons... her ornamentation is adroit, limpid and refulgent, her registration choices smart and revealing... Jones's music comes alive through her efforts, and this double-disc set far transcends the dutiful rehabilitation of a neglected minor composer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dorfkirche Rahnsdorf, Germany (12/2010).



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>Jones, John : Setts of Lessons (8), for the harpsichord
  • Performer: Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 97 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Jones, John : Brillante, for harpsichord (from"'Lessons for the Harpsichord, 1761")
  • Performer: Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic