, March 2008
The performances are lively and well played, the recorded sound is fine, Paul Rice’s notes are informative, and someone did a lot of research to come up with off-the-beaten-path repertoire.
Handel was the dominant figure in London’s music scene for the first half of the 18th century, and there is a huge gap in quality between his music and that of Arne, Smith, Fisher, and Erskine. The strongest music here, at least to my ears, is the Overture to Artaxerxes by Thomas Arne. © 2008 Fanfare Read complete review