Kurosaki and Christie play these sonatas with impressive commitment and zest, and the forthright but imaginative performances are complemented by a nicely recorded, "in-the-room" acoustic. Some sonatas are very effectively accompanied on organ rather than harpsichord. Highly recommended.
My one gripe with this EMI/Virgin disc is that it is copy protected, and therefore not a Red Book standard Audio CD. To be fair, it makes no false claims to be such, just that the disc is "designed to be compatible with CD audio players" etc. This statement is in very, very small writing which I can just read with my new glasses! I wonder why.
For me, the immediate result is that I cannot play a copy of this recording in my car CD player, which I regard as a significant infringement of my rights as a legitimate, and in future more wary, purchaser.
With "Handel" violin sonatas, authorship is an issue, and may be of interest to some, since a few of what might be called the "non-Handel" sonatas, originally published in his name, remain in the repertoire, and are naturals for filler on discs such as this, despite their unknown origins. I am no expert, but here is my understanding.
Kurosaki/Christie play the five sonatas generally accepted as authentic Handel, plus two probably by another hand (A major Op 1 #10, HWV 372; and F major Op 1 #12, HWV 370, both identified in the booklet as from the "Roger" edition).
By comparison, Manze/Egarr (Harmonia Mundi) add three sonatas (F major "Walsh" Op 1 #12; A major "Roger" Op 1 #10 and E major "Roger" Op 1 # 12), and two single movement fragments, to the canonical five sonatas (except the G minor is HWV 364a here, and HWV 364 on the older disc).
Apart from the correspondence in key and timing, there is no doubt that Kurosaki/Christie's "Roger" Op 1 #12 is the same music as Manze/Egarr's "Walsh" Op 1 #12, and different from Manze/Egarr's "Roger" Op 1 #12.
Confused? So am I...