Mattheson - 12 Suites for Harpsichord | Divine Art ATH23301

Mattheson - 12 Suites for Harpsichord

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Label: Divine Art

Cat No: ATH23301

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 9th June 2017



Gilbert Rowland (harpsichord)


Mattheson, Johann

Suites (12) for harpsichord


Gilbert Rowland (harpsichord)


Gilbert Rowland is one of Europe’s most senior and accomplished harpsichord experts. Following his critically acclaimed 6-CD series of the Harpischord Suites of Handel for Divine Art, he presents the equally fine but lesser-known Suites by Mattheson, written in 1714. For this album he moves to the Athene imprint specialising now in baroque music and ‘period’ instruments.

This 3-CD set presents the 12 Suites in full; uncut and with repeats observed. The tempi have not been sped up in order to fit the programme on two discs as has happened elsewhere.

Mattheson was a prodigious composer, conductor and was a friend of Handel, though the two did come to blows in the midst of an opera performance. His work follows the traditional ‘dance suite’ format with small variations and is a fine example of excellent baroque music which was not perhaps promoted enough in its own time and is only now once again being rediscovered and appreciated.

Recorded in 2016

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