BBC Music Magazine

Baroque Journey


Works by JS Bach, Handel, Couperin, Purcell et al

Lucie Horsch, Charlotte Barbourcon­dini (recorders), Thomas Dunford (lute); Academy of Ancient Music/bojan i i

Decca 483 4722 66:51 mins

Following her earlier disc of Vivaldi concertos, Dutch recorder virtuoso Lucie ★orsch takes us on a Grand Tour of Western European Baroque music. As in her previous disc the programme is shared between pieces written specifical­ly for a member of the recorder family and ★orsch’s own arrangemen­ts of music intended for other instrument­s and, in two instances, the voice.

The genuine recorder works include concertos by Giovanni Battista Sammartini and Jacqueschr­istophe Naudot, both well loved by recorder players, the Sammartini ranking among the finest recorder concertos of the early 18th century. Two short pieces by Jacob van

Eyck are also genuine recorder compositio­ns. In an arrangemen­t of ★andel’s ‘The Arrival of the

Queen of Sheba’ ★orsch is joined by bass recorder player, Charlotte Barbour-condini, who is further allotted solo Divisions by English composer, Thomas Tollett. ★e was a contempora­ry of Purcell, whose celebrated Lament from Dido and Aeneas also features in this varied menu. Bach is generously catered for with a concerto, the ‘Badinerie’ from the B minor Orchestral

Suite and the aria, ‘Erbarme Dich’ from the St Matthew Passion. Lute solos by Dario Castello and François Couperin, played by Thomas Dunford complete a colourful panorama stylishly and affectiona­tely executed by all concerned. Nicholas Anderson PERFORMANC­E ★★★★ RECORDING ★★★★

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