Harpsichord Concertos [Christopher D. Lewis, John McMurtery, Kevin Mallon] [Naxos: 8573146]
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Attracted by a delightful fusion of early music sonorities with modern expressiveness, the three composers in this amazingly rich and varied programme build on the magnificent harpsichord concerto legacy of J. S. Bach. John Rutter's beautiful Suite Antique
is full of rich and haunting themes, with a significant solo flute part and a jazzy Waltz which is as much Brubeck as Bach. Philip Glass delivers an exciting experience of virtuoso instrumental blending and solo expressiveness, and with typical wit and elegance. Jean Françaix's Concerto is terrific fun throughout.
This particularly vibrant programme brings together three highly attractive concertos from composers whose names guarantee wide audience appeal. John Rutter's beautiful score is a real hit, Philip Glass's concerto has only appeared on his Orange Mountain label, and the Françaix work is now virtually unobtainable on CD.
Appearing here in his Naxos debut, Christopher D. Lewis
is a young and rising star who is particularly known for his work in contemporary harpsichord repertoire. Kevin Mallon
is an established Naxos artist and renowned for his excellent recordings of early Classical and Baroque repertoire. Mallon's expertise with both chamber forces and the harpsichord suits this more contemporary programme perfectly.