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Thomas Arne: Six Favourite Concertos (The English Orpheus, Vol. 7) Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Concerto No.1 In C Major: Largo ma con spirito
  2. Concerto No.1 In C Major: Andante
  3. Concerto No.1 In C Major: Allegro
  4. Concerto No.1 In C Major: Minuetto
  5. Concerto No.2 In G Major: Allegro
  6. Concerto No.2 In G Major: Slow
  7. Concerto No.2 In G Major: Moderato
  8. Concerto No.2 In G Major: Allegro
  9. Concerto No.2 In G Major: Giga (Allegro con spirito)
  10. Concerto No.3 In A Major: Con spirito
  11. Concerto No.3 In A Major: Con spirito
  12. Concerto No.3 In A Major: Minuetto
  13. Concerto No.3 In A Major: Moderato
  14. Concerto No.4 In B Flat Major: Largo, ma con spirito
  15. Concerto No.4 In B Flat Major: Minuetto
  16. Concerto No.4 In B Flat Major: Giga (Moderato)
  17. Concerto No.5 In G Minor: Largo
  18. Concerto No.5 In G Minor: Allegro con spirito
  19. Concerto No.5 In G Minor: Adagio
  20. Concerto No.5 In G Minor: Vivace
  21. Concerto No.6 In B Flat Major: Allegro moderato
  22. Concerto No.6 In B Flat Major: Largo - Veloce
  23. Concerto No.6 In B Flat Major: Allegro
  24. Concerto No.6 In B Flat Major: Minuetto


Product Details

  • Performer: Paul Nicholson
  • Orchestra: The Parley of Instruments
  • Composer: Thomas Arne
  • Audio CD (November 19, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZPU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Thomas Arne (1710-1778) was an English composer, largely of stage works, but did write a small volume of instrumental works, including the keyboard concertos on this disc - these were published in 1793 after his death, but composed likely in the mid-18th century; thus, he was part of the early vanguard of European composers writing in this 'new' genre which was primarily introduced by Handel (an influence obviously) and JS Bach.

Arne's keyboard concertos are in 3-4 movements unlike the older Baroque style of multiple dance-based groupings. Most interesting the various pieces are performed on different keyboard instruments, i.e. fortepiano, harpsichord, and organ which was likely the trend at the time due to the changing nature of keyboard instruments in that century. In addition, the Parley of Instruments is a period group which I've enjoyed in many previous recordings.

This recording is from 1991 and was engineered by the outstandingly experience Tony Faulkner, so one would expect the sound, mixing, and production to be up to his and Hyperion's high standards. Downgrading this wonderful performance to 1* based on the assumption of poor miking and mixing is utter nonsense; the harpsichord indeed does NOT sound like the full orchestra - it's not suppose to! And trying to up the miking on the instrument would produce a very unnatural balance - I hope that the reviewer w/ the poor rating was not trying to listen to this recording in a car or through earphones on a train or bus?

Bottom line - if you are interested in the development of keyboard music and its evolution in the 18th century, especially in the early and mid-portion of that fascinating musical period, this CD is worthy of consideration. Also, if you visit Berkshire Record Outlet, the disc is available there for just $5!
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This was one of those recordings that brought me immediate joy right from the first notes. When I heard the samples on Hyperion's website, I knew this was something to purchase without hesitation. The playing is lively and despite what a couple of other folks have claimed, the sound is great. I can't fault it in any way. I don't hear any problems with the keyboard mix whatsoever. Everything is clearly audible and the orchestra sounds very sweet, without any of the period instrument acidity you sometimes encounter. You can check it out yourself at Hyperion's website.

Thomas Arne is instantly recognizable as a most highly gifted composer. His music is not only full of interest, every note is purposeful. He never showy or trite. I would pick Handel as a close model with perhaps a bit more Italianate color and space to the sound. This music is brimming with intelligence and is wonderfully pleasing. Clearly a home run and a definite pick for fans of the Baroque and Early Classical periods. By the way, this was critically a success and rave reviews were received from major music periodicals. I would trust them over the naysayers without hesitation. You should too. If you need proof, go to Hyperion's website and hear the actual samples. They are free and are an entire minute per track, twice the usual amount found at the most sites.
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Arne was a major musical force in 18th century London. His GOD SAVE THE KING and RULE BRITTANIA sealed his reputation,and he was music director at Vauxhall for twenty years. His keyboard writing is full of surprises.and some of his themes are most memorable. Well worth owning!
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