JMSCD6/7-Harpsichord Music by William Croft
The harpsichord works of William Croft (1678-1727) remained unavailable in any reliable edition until Howard Ferguson and Christopher Hogwood edited them for Stainer & Bell in 1974. This edition was augmented in 1982 by two newly discovered suites (edited by Peter Holman). There are in total nineteen suites comprising 62 movements, a Trumpet Overture, and 19 miscellaneous short pieces. This first complete recording was made in April 1999. It was the last recording made by Julian Rhodes, who died in March 2001 at the tragically early age of 36. A web site devoted to him can be found at:
Playing time 156 minutes - Reference JMSCD6/7
William Croft: Complete Harpsichord Works Volume 1 JMSCD6
Playing time 76-57
William Croft: Complete Harpsichord Works Volume 2 JMSCD7
Playing time 78-51
spirited performances of very engaging music.
Rhodes allies a fine technique - delightfully fresh articulation, tasteful ornaments - to shapely phrasing and lively, rhythmical dances. He uses three instruments: a spinet charmingly gentle; virginals rich and warm. There is also a two manual harpsichord which allows some clever registration.
Performance: ***** [Excellent]; Sound:**** [Very Good]
BBC Music Magazine
Julian Rhodes [is] an excellent young artist, who impresses by his neat, alert articulation, rhythmic vitality and intelligent phrasing. ...Very good recorded quality.
Last Revised: 30/10/2016