Album: Handel, Organ Concertos Opus 7 / Egarr (Harmonia Mundi)

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Those who favour understated phrasing should avoid this highly-spiced recording.

Soloist Richard Egarr gleefully bites into the gamiest and most raucous registrations, contrasting what sounds like a supernaturally possessed carousel organ with the Academy of Ancient Music's searing strings, plump bassoons and sensual oboes.

There are ground basses and drones to relish, quotes from the Great Suites and movements of sombre beauty. The ultimate raspberry to anyone who says baroque music is predictable.