Francesco Saverio Geminiani/Michael Christian Festing/Robert Woodcock/John Baston, Music In London At The Time of Handel (1964)
As I do a bit of a dig through the classical pile again I find this – which I know nothing about, not only can I not place how long I’ve had it or where I got it from I can’t tell you much about the music. I am listening to it now for the first time and it’s an utter fucking delight! Which is not really the parlance of the classical world, I know. But sod it. This is gorgeous. All I have to go on is the name Handel and the info I found on Discogs; presumably this is part of a series or maybe even a single record from a larger box-set that was split up, or maybe they were made available for separate purchase or in one big collection? Either/Or. I really don’t know anything about this but I love having a record or two that is a mystery, and when it’s music from “Research Period: Western Europe 1650-1800” as the cover tells me, and it’s still a mystery that’s pretty fucking special; pretty bloody wonderful. I am a fairweather classical music fan, a neophyte. And just when I get some knowledge and feel I can converse and know what I’m looking for and listening to something comes along and stumps me. And I know a real classical buff would probably think not much of this – wrong recording or not the best label, etc. I like that there’s so much to learn. And that on first listen I’ve found something “new” and intriguing. I always hope for that. I’m glad I still have classical records in the rack I’ve yet to get to.
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