American Record Guide

John Garth (1721-1810) was a friend of the better-known composer and philosopher Charles Avison. Each of the sonatas here is cast in two contrasting movements – the strings (beautifully played by violinists Pavlo Beznosiuk and Caroline Balding and cellist Richard Tunnicliffe [sic: actually Robin Michael] ) often double the keyboard, which sometimes adds solo passages and more elaborate passagework. Cooper varies the sonic palette nicely by alternating between harpsichord, fortepiano, and chamber organ (no information on the instruments or tuning). Garth’s music is charming but for the most part undistinguished. The recording has a bright, clean sound.

—Rob Haskins