- 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)
Thomas Arne: Six Favourite Concertos (The English Orpheus, Vol. 7) Import
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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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm afraid I must concur with the other poor review here. I have a big collection of baroque concertos on CD & vinyl and this is the strangest piece of sound mixing that I have... Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by MR P LATIMER
Because of poor placement of a microphone or careless mixing, the harpsichord is faint. Listen to the first cut on the sampler. Read morePublished on April 9, 2010 by W. Bode