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JMSCD6/7-Harpsichord Music by William Croft

JMSCD6 Price GBP £12-50

JMSCD7 Price GBP £12-50

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.
Track Listing - JMSCD6 - William Croft - Complete Harpsichord Works Volume 1
 
1
Suite No. 1 in C major
6-05
2
Chaconne in A minor
3-36
3
Suite No. 15 in A major
8-39
4
Suite No. 12 in F major
4-37
5Sarabrand in F major
2-23
6Suite No. 7 in E flat major
6-10
7Suite No. 11 in E minor
6-51
8Suite No. 5 in C minor
8-48
9  Suite No. 13 in G major
4-30
10 Suite No.  4 in C minor
9-49
11Suite No. 10 in E minor
7-43
12Trumpet Overture in D
7-46

Track Listing - JMSCD7 - William Croft - Complete Harpsichord Works Volume 2
1Suite No.16 in A major
3-03
2Suite No. 9 in E minor
8-09
3Suite No. 14 in G minor
4-19
4Suite in C major/minor
5-18
5Suite No.19 in F minor
4-57
6Suite No.18 in D minor
6-27
7Suite No. 3 in C minor
9-51
8Suite in G major/minor
6-19
9Suite No.8 in E major
10-42
10Suite No. 17 in B minor
5-25
11Suite No.6 in D minor
8-49
12Suite in D major
5-31


JMSCD6 TOTAL PLAYING TIME  76-57
JMSCD7 TOTAL PLAYING TIME  78-51

Audio Sample

Excerpt from Trumpet Overture in D (1'09")
Reviews
spirited performances of very engaging music.
Gramophone

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.
Goldberg
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