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Olwen Foulkes: Directed by Handel CD


In her debut recording, Olwen Foulkes explores the music of Handel’s London theatre orchestra. Includes Handel’s stunning recorder sonata in F major, glittering virtuosity from Castrucci and Corelli, haunting melodies by Giuseppe Sammartini, as well as a charming air by Handel’s favourite amanuensis, J C Smith.

With Nathaniel Mander (harpsichord), Carina Drury (cello), Tabea Debus (bass recorder), Toby Carr (theorbo)

“…intriguing and imaginative… Olwen Foulkes is a lovely recorder player, with a fulsome tone and very musical approach… Her phrasing and effortless decoration are exemplary and extremely persuasive, and she is ably supported by a range of other fine musicians. This barn-storming performance will delight recorder players everywhere, but is also of much wider interest as a window on a period when musicians happily ‘borrowed’ extensively from each other to satisfy public demand.”
Early Music Review