Harmonia Podcast #107: Eccles and Muffat

26

January
2010

This week’s two recordings are eye-opening for different reasons. Both made a terrific impression on me for their special qualities.

John Eccles

The Early Opera Company (EOT) hasn’t made many recordings, but the music they have explored on the Chandos label has certainly been welcome. Their latest recording of “The Judgement of Paris” by John Eccles is no different.

As one of Eccles’ more important works, and a terrific piece to boot, the recording  gives us a greater appreciation for a lesser-known contemporary of Henry Purcell. The EOT’s performance is excellent, to say the least, and presents Eccles’ work in the best possible light.

Gottlieb Muffat

I don’t listen to recordings of harpsichord all that often. When I do, I’m usually not very impressed, but then it is my instrument and I tend to be very opinionated.

With that said, I have to admit that I’m ecstatic about Mitzi Meyerson’s recording of Gottlieb Muffat’s complete “Componimenti Musicali” of 1736 (Glossa records). It’s been a while since I heard such powerful harpsichord playing, recorded or otherwise. Her command of the instrument and Muffat’s music is exemplary.

#107 – Music of John Eccles and Gottlieb Muffat

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