The Chronicle

Having spent the week listening to Sebastien Fagerlund’s intellectually stimulating music, it’s a big jump to Rowland’s presentation of Handel’s harpsichord music, whose aim is “merely” to entertain. Handel is renowned for his operas and orchestral pieces but turned out a large volume of keyboard music, which is largely overlooked. This double CD seeks to address this.

Veteran player Rowland is a renowned harpsichordist so the standards are high. He plays crisply and it’s entertaining; we’d guess much of the music on here was originally written to dance to in cultured soirees. Not much else to say: two hours of harpsichord, if that floats your boat it’s out now on Divine Art.

—Jeremy Condliffe