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Handel Recorder Sonatas - Independent on Sunday


02 May 2004
Independent on Sunday
Anna Picard
4 Stars

The follow-up to Pamela Thorby's Baroque Concertos disc of 2003 sees this wonderful artist at her very best: relaxed, stylish, unpredictable and distinctive of tone throughout Handel's six delicious sonatas. Thorby establishes a clear character to each work, from the balmy simplicity of the B flat Sonata to the operatic fire of the A minor, thus squashing any worries about lack of variety. In this she is aided, if not outshone, by her accompanist Richard Egarr: a compelling musician on harpsichord and organ, who can make the spread of a single chord as eloquent as dance.


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