Handel Recorder Sonatas - Inverness Courier

Thorby, who plays recorder with The English Concert and a smaller Early Music group, The Palladian Ensemble, has formed an enduring musical partnership with the keyboard player and their rapport is reflected in this recording which is not just for the specialist.

Egarr alternates between harpsichord and organ and the programme is neatly divided by his solo feature, the Harpsichord Suite in E major, better known as "The Harmonious Blacksmith", which has an exciting spontaneity.

The recorder sonatas with organ are particularly appealing and Thorby makes light of the composer's demands for virtuosity. Who would have thought such a rudimentary instrument capable of such suppleness and feeling?

Inverness Courier
13 April 2004