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The Pleasures of the Imagination: English 18th Century Music for the Harpsichord - Works by John Blow, Jeremiah Clarke, William Croft, Maurice Greene, Richard Jones, J.C. Bach / Sophie Yates, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Blow, John : Chacone for keyboard in F major, KL 46
>Blow, John : Morlake Ground, for keyboard
>Clarke, Jeremiah : Suite for harpsichord no 2 in A major
>Croft, William : Suite for harpsichord in D minor
>Green, Maurice : Lesson for harpsichord in D major (from A Collection of Lessons, Book 2)
>Jones, Richard : Suite for keyboard no 3 in B flat major (Suits or Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, 1732)
>Arne, Thomas [Composer] : Sonata for harpsichord no 3 in G major
>Bach, Johann Christian : Sonata for keyboard in C minor, Op. 17/2, CW A8 (T. 341/3)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following successful French and Spanish harpsichord albums, Sophie Yates is at it again with English harpsichord music. "With this anthology, I hope to give an overview of English keyboard music during the course of the eighteenth century. Two significant figures cast their long shadows over this period of music in England: the first of which is Henry Purcell, whose legacy dominated the beginning of the century: the second of which is George Frederic Handel, who embodies the idea of eighteenth-century English music..."

Gramophone Magazine, September 2016
Although several of the composers here have occasionally been the subjects of dedicated recordings, it is nice to have a selection sampling across the range... as usual, Yates plays with precision and a winning sense of enjoyment and bounce. She makes less use of spread chords and rhythmic dislocation than many other harpsichordists do these days... providing crisp gains in clarity and presence.

MusicWeb International, October 2016
A splendid recital in every way.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol (08/21/2012/08/22/2012).



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>Blow, John : Chacone for keyboard in F major, KL 46
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol (08/21/2012/08/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Morlake Ground, for keyboard
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol (08/21/2012/08/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Clarke, Jeremiah : Suite for harpsichord no 2 in A major
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol (08/21/2012/08/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Croft, William : Suite for harpsichord in D minor
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol (08/21/2012/08/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Green, Maurice : Lesson for harpsichord in D major (from A Collection of Lessons, Book 2)
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol (08/21/2012/08/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Jones, Richard : Suite for keyboard no 3 in B flat major (Suits or Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord, 1732)
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol (08/21/2012/08/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1732

>Arne, Thomas [Composer] : Sonata for harpsichord no 3 in G major
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol (08/21/2012/08/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1756

>Bach, Johann Christian : Sonata for keyboard in C minor, Op. 17/2, CW A8 (T. 341/3)
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol (08/21/2012/08/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779