The organist and harpsichordist John Worgan (1724–90) was one of the most highly respected musicians in the London of his day: Handel admired his playing, and Burney described him as ‘very masterly and learned’. All that survives of his harpsichord music are a ‘New Concerto’, an independent Allegro non tanto and two collections, one of six sonatas and the other of thirteen teaching pieces, but they encompass an eclectic variety of styles and a surprising range of emotions – proud, spirited, witty, impulsive, touching, vivacious – making Worgan sound something like an English Domenico Scarlatti.
Julian Perkins, double-manual harpsichord from the workshop of Jacobus Kirckman, 1772 (Tracks 1–15, 29–31)
Timothy Roberts, double-manual harpsichord by Klaus Ahrend, 1973, after Dulcken (Tracks 16–28)
Six Sonatas for the Harpsichord (publ. 1769)
Sonata I in G major
Sonata II in C major
Sonata III in F major
Sonata IV in B flat major
Sonata V in E flat major
Sonata VI in D major
Pieces for the Harpsichord, composed purposely for forming the Hands of Young Pupils to that Instrument (1780)
A New Concerto for the Harpsichord in G major (publ. 1785)
Catalogue No: TOCC0375EAN/UPC: 5060113443755Release Date: 05.03.2021Composer: John Worgan Artists: Julian Perkins,
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