Esfahani played the first harpsichord
recital in the history of the BBC Proms in 2011, first bringing his goal to fruition.
The concertos, presented in 1721, are regarded as some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era, and significantly highlight the harpsichord
as an orchestral instrument, particularly concerto No.
In fact, he could hardly have done much better - because, from the bustling celebration of JS Bach's Brandenburg Concertos to the energy and invention of his harpsichord
concertos, music simply doesn't get any more satisfying - or timeless - than this.
Praiseworthy too are Zuzana Ruzickova's superlative partners, a trio of lyricists and true masters of tonal palette: the violinist Josef Suk (Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
, BWV 1014-1019, Concerto for Flute, Violin, Harpsichord
and Strings in A minor, BWV 1044), the cellist Pierre Fournier (Sonatas for Cello and Harpsichord
In addition to collaborations with the universities, museums, and institutions of national importance, the event pays special attention to the development of the cooperation among harpsichord
and early keyboard teachers from Italian conservatories: in order to promote teaching, artistic, and scientific results, all in the name of that extraordinary European publication, Francois Couperin's Art de Toucher.
The musicians who will be performing are Virginie Bove on the flute, Sorin Alexandru Horlea on the violin, and Nicolas Melis on the harpsichord
At the end of the third sonata for violin, Debussy handwrote, "The fourth will be for oboe, horn and harpsichord
concertos in D minor and A major, with Egarr as soloist, were less impressive.
Funaro is a facile virtuoso whose hands turn easily from technical brilliance to lyricism, humour and pure emotion bringing the harpsichord
Daniel Benjamin is on vocals and also plays the concerto guitar, drums, cymbals, bells and Eleni is also on vocals and plays the harpsichord
, organ bass pedal and drums.
The recording is clean and bright, although I would have liked the harpsichord
to be a bit more audible.
Erstausgabe herausgegeben von = First edition edited by Jonathan Dunford; Cembalostimme von = Harpsichord
part by Dankwart von Zadow.
Absolutely delightful Koopman was absolutely delightful, both playing and standing at the harpsichord
But never the less, it was good to hear the harpsichord
beyond its so often relegated role as a continuo extra.
Rameau, who lived from 1683-1763, was a prodigious composer of opera, ballet, choral music and solo works for the harpsichord
, as well as a definitive tome on music theory.