Post by William Sommerwerck
No one has mentioned Egarr. These are... odd. I would be very cautious
I agree - "odd" is the word! The solo playing is perky, cheeky,
self-consciously iconoclastic and not half as clever or amusing as he
thinks. The orchestral contribution is bass light, always a fatal error
Biggs suffers from the out-of-tune organ of Great Packington, alas.
Personally, apart (now) from the lively Chorzempa for a bit of variety,
I always go back to Simon Preston, Trevor Pinnock and the English
Concert, cheaply available these days in an Archiv "Trio" box. These
performances are an absolute model of musicality and good taste, and
quite beautifully recorded too. I would not swap them for any other set
Christopher Webber, Blackheath, London, UK.