Canal March

The harpsichord suite in England

Olivier Baumont, harpsichord

Works by J. Blow, H. Purcell and G. F. Händel

Purcell's harpsichord suites (collected in A Choice Collection of Lessons, 1696) are more similar to French standards than those of his English contemporaries, such as Blow or Croft, less known on the continent. The same goes for Händel, in whose suites the composer's talent as a keyboardist and improviser and his ability to combine Italian melodicism with Germanic counterpoint are evident.

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