The globally renowned harpsichordist
Mahan Esfafani, who has curated this box set, aptly refers to Ruzickova as the "last romantic" performer of Bach's music.
6, NDS' "Baroque Days" began with French harpsichordist Pierre Hantai, who performed a recital of music by William Byrd, Louis Couperin, J.
Baroque Days" ends tonight with Baroque flutist Nihan Atalay and harpsichordist Eriko Wakita, who will perform music by Handel, Locatelli, Forqueray, Leclair, Blavet and Telemann.
The fact that I'm gay isn't remarkable," says Schenkman, adding that Wanda Landowska, the 20th century's premier harpsichordist
, was a lesbian.
The competition drew some 106 harpsichordists and 29 pianists as contestants from 26 countries on four continents.
This culminated in one grand and long session when the finalists, four harpsichordists and three fortepianists competed for the coveted awards.
It would seem that over the past few years the number of harpsichordists
and copies of historical instruments in the Czech Republic has considerably increased.
Melodic strains are embedded throughout these chords, sometimes stated and sometimes merely implied, and skilled harpsichordists
can highlight them with a subtle command of articulation, sustaining some notes and releasing others--in other words, voicing them as a pianist does with touch and dynamics.
The ensemble has performed with harpsichordists
Pinnock and Albert Fuller, violinists Jaap Schroeder and Stanley Richie, cellist Anner Byslma, oboist Michel Piguet and vocalists Jan de Gaetani, Bethany Beardslee, Charles Bressler and Dawn Upshaw.
Some movements are undoubtedly transcriptions, mostly of lute pieces, since a number of the above composers were lutenists rather than harpsichordists
A representative of the young generation of Czech harpsichordists
, Monika Knoblochova has a great deal to be proud of despite her youth.
Baksa adds few dynamics or articulations and does not indicate registration--a valid and sensible approach that enables harpsichordists
to make their own decisions appropriate to the character of each movement and to the instrument being played.
I am sure that present and future harpsichordists
will likewise scrutinize this new catalogue in search of the perfect twentieth-century piece to complete a program or recording.