>While we're on the subject (one of my favorites), could people suggest
>their favorite recordings of Handel for the harpsichord?
>Everything I've read suggests that the notations that have come down to
>us are nothing like what Handel's audiences would have heard, since he
>was such a great improviser. Obviously, anybody who listens to jazz
>knows all about that. On the other hand, Handel absolutely insisted
>his singers "sing what I do write, or I will drop you out the window,"
>he seems to be one of the earliest composers to demand (or be able to
>command) fidelity to the text from his performers.
>Any thoughts on all of this?
>Robert P. Forbes <[log in to unmask]>
>Department of History
>New Haven, CT 06520 (203)432-0714
I like the Colin Tilney recordings on Archiv 427170. We don't have them
in stock, and I have a feeling they'll soon be out of print, if not
already. Interesting instruments.