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Offline Mandryka

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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #100 on: July 31, 2018, 05:32:59 AM »
Well I’m listening through Qobuz, but you can get it here I think

http://www.giovannidececco.com/produzione/new-clavichord-album-bach-venetian-concertos/

(it’s super!)
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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #101 on: July 31, 2018, 05:49:23 AM »
From Gramophone, an anonymous review of van Delft’s partitas,

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Proverbially, the clavichord is held to be the most expressive of all keyboard instruments because the player’s contact with the sound source is least mitigated. No tracker, no retracting jack, no single-striking hammer, only the player’s finger on a lever at the opposite end of which a metal tangent makes contact with the string. The clavichord’s quiet sound also makes it the most intimate of keyboards. Expressivity and intimacy are the hallmarks of this new recording of Bach’s Six Partitas by Menno van Delft, professor of harpsichord and clavichord at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He plays a 1784 clavichord by the Thuringian maker Christian Gotthelf Hoffmann, now owned by the Cobbe Collection Trust and which resides at Hatchlands Park, near Guildford in Surrey

As special as it may be, this recording is not about the instrument but about Bach and the light that can be shed by his favourite keyboard on some of his best-known music. From the first measures of the B flat Partita’s Prelude, an unexpected lyricism, a beautifully maintained singing line takes centre stage. I think it’s fair to say that, generally speaking, the speed possible on the harpsichord or piano is unachievable with the clavichord’s simpler mechanism. This means that some of the quicker dances may be slower than we’ve become accustomed to. To van Delft’s great credit, the marginally slower tempo of a Courante or Gigue robs it of none of its character and spirit. We adjust our ears and are delighted by the aptly vivid expression, despite its smaller gestures.

But what of some of the grander, more extrovert movements of the Partitas, the haughty C minor Sinfonia, the cunning A minor Burlesca and Scherzo, the jaunty G major Passepied and Gigue or, indeed, the magnificent D major French Ouverture? Don’t they sacrifice some of their essence in this quieter dynamic and more leisurely pace? Not a bit. The organist, the harpsichordist and the pianist (of whatever vintage instrument) each have their unique, non-transferable articulation strategies. So too the clavichord player. Listening to van Delft’s masterful, always stylish interpretations is an education about what the hand can do, given different tools, in the service of the imagination. And because van Delft is a consummate musician, his Bach is immensely entertaining.

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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #102 on: July 31, 2018, 06:47:20 AM »
From Gramophone, an anonymous review of van Delft’s partitas,

Thanks for posting.  :)

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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #103 on: October 23, 2018, 08:28:11 AM »


There are some very substantial pieces on this recording of C16 and C17 music played on a refined and colourful 1/4 comma meantone tuned clavichord by Paul Simmonds - Sweelinck’s Fantasia Chromatica, Peter Philips’s Pavana Dolorosa, Andrea Gabrieli’s Passamezzo. Some of the smaller pieces, especially the British music, are subtle, complicated and beautiful,  I think he makes something fresh out of all these things, without collapsing into a sort of anachronistic empfandsimer style.
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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #104 on: January 22, 2019, 07:36:41 AM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/WK1k8EYMY6k" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/WK1k8EYMY6k</a>

An interesting recording of the 5th French Suite played by Gerard van Reenen
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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #105 on: January 22, 2019, 07:50:04 AM »
Probably mentioned before (but I didn't see it in the last few pages) - Richard Troeger, one of several recordings of his Bach:



Even though these are older recordings, I think they did a good job recording the instrument.

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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #106 on: January 22, 2019, 01:51:59 PM »
Probably mentioned before (but I didn't see it in the last few pages) - Richard Troeger, one of several recordings of his Bach:



There's another AoF which I've started to enjoy, the instrument is delicate, the disposition of the voices is sometimes imaginative - maybe  helped in this because there are two of them. They also use subtle clavichord effects, especially volume. Anyway, it took me some time to appreciate  because it's recorded at a low volume, which I think is probably truthful. It has become one of my favourites.

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