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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2015, 09:41:40 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cl9j0-WPns

I have been following this guy on Youtube for a long time. He is outstanding, and the instrument is nicely recorded. He does a series on recording experiments, and after he posts, he does another vid a couple of days later to talk about the piece and the particular challenges or interesting points in playing/recording. He is a very nice guy too, and if you want to talk to him, he will answer your questions very freely.

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Isn't it wonderful how the clavichord gives a distinct timbre to each voice? And the harmonies are really exquisite -- must be partly the tuning.  I'd like to hear the Schumann fantasy played on one.
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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #21 on: September 30, 2015, 09:58:05 AM »
Does Siegbert Rampe play clavichord on any of his Mozart recordings?

According to JPC´s listing here:

https://www.jpc.de/s/siegbert+rampe

the answer seems to be yes, but I do not know the recordings.
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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #22 on: September 30, 2015, 10:09:33 AM »
Isn't it wonderful how the clavichord gives a distinct timbre to each voice? And the harmonies are really exquisite -- must be partly the tuning.  I'd like to hear the Schumann fantasy played on one.

I talked to him about when he gets far enough in the future that the compass is too broad for the instrument. He says it is on a case by case basis. However, he does have a couple of Beethoven sonatas and even some Schubert in there. Listen to his Gretchen am Spinnrade (without vocals) and you will be really surprised something that late can play on such a narrow keyboard.

I am already a very big clavichord fan, I have nearly the complete Haydn works on clavichord, for example.

This is one of my favorite disks:



and this is another:




These are some good sounding instruments, and damn well played, too. :)

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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2015, 10:16:16 AM »
According to JPC´s listing here:

https://www.jpc.de/s/siegbert+rampe

the answer seems to be yes, but I do not know the recordings.

It's a big investment -- but he's such a good clavichord player! Best I've ever heard.
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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2015, 07:06:24 AM »


Absolutely exquisite C minor French Suite here.
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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2015, 02:10:31 PM »


Absolutely exquisite C minor French Suite here.

I now got this in the "Legend of Leonhardt" box. It's maybe the most pleasant sounding of the half dozen or clavichord discs I have encountered and one that does not make me want to switch of. In fact, I like it quite a bit (including the sound) after one run, although the CPE Bach probably more than the French Suite (probably because I have no "alternative" piano or harpsichord sound in mind for the CPE Bach).
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« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2015, 03:13:54 AM »
I now got this in the "Legend of Leonhardt" box. It's maybe the most pleasant sounding of the half dozen or clavichord discs I have encountered and one that does not make me want to switch of. In fact, I like it quite a bit (including the sound) after one run, although the CPE Bach probably more than the French Suite (probably because I have no "alternative" piano or harpsichord sound in mind for the CPE Bach).

Did you enjoy the WF Bach polonaises?

You should maybe check Leonhardt's recording of CPEB on harpsichord. I remember when I was listening to that sort of music thinking that Leonhardt makes it sound quite interesting to hear.
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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #27 on: November 01, 2015, 03:45:53 AM »



That's the earlier single issue of the disc I referred to.
I liked them as well, but above all I wanted to point out that I was not distracted by the sound of the instrument and overall rather liked it, as I never found on any earlier clavichord recording I remember (Kirkpatrick, Schornsheim and a few more)

No, I have not heard the Seon CPE Bach disc; on the back it says that he plays harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano there.

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« Reply #28 on: November 01, 2015, 03:59:09 AM »
As attested elsewhere on the board, I adore the clavichord unreservedly. Indeed I have one of my own and have written a few pieces for it, too. Amidst many great Classical/pre-Classical recommendations, may I thoroughly recommend this disc, or more specifically these pieces. A minor masterpiece of 20th century music, IMO, especially the second set, Howells' Clavichord, which are exquisite gems to play oneself, too, at clavichord or piano.


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« Reply #29 on: November 01, 2015, 05:20:14 AM »



That's the earlier single issue of the disc I referred to.
I liked them as well, but above all I wanted to point out that I was not distracted by the sound of the instrument and overall rather liked it, as I never found on any earlier clavichord recording I remember (Kirkpatrick, Schornsheim and a few more)

No, I have not heard the Seon CPE Bach disc; on the back it says that he plays harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano there.



Yes, I'd completely forgotten. Piano for some rondos and clavichord for some fantasias and a sonata, the rest harpsichord. Thanks for bringing it up.
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« Reply #30 on: November 01, 2015, 05:21:58 AM »
As attested elsewhere on the board, I adore the clavichord unreservedly. Indeed I have one of my own and have written a few pieces for it, too.

Please post a recording straight away, particularly if it contains some nested tuplets.
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« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2015, 05:32:17 AM »
Ha! No nested ones, I'm afraid. Just the boring unnested sort. Here are screen shots of a couple of them, though, if you want.

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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #32 on: November 01, 2015, 06:10:19 AM »
Ha! No nested ones, I'm afraid. Just the boring unnested sort. Here are screen shots of a couple of them, though, if you want.


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« Reply #33 on: November 01, 2015, 06:14:56 AM »
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« Reply #34 on: November 01, 2015, 01:32:08 PM »
The only clavichord recording that I have (not intentionally, I like the sound of the instrument) is a fine one: Jaroslav Tuma playing Bach on restored instrument made by Johann Christoph Georg Schiedmayer in 1789.



Unfortunately out of print but it seems download can be purchased from the label:

http://www.arta.cz/index.php?p=shop_item&id=F10076


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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #35 on: November 01, 2015, 04:33:28 PM »
Yes, I'd completely forgotten. Piano for some rondos and clavichord for some fantasias and a sonata, the rest harpsichord. Thanks for bringing it up.

I think you would enjoy this recording:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/I9VEW1fK70c" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/I9VEW1fK70c</a>

CPE Bach, Fantasia I, Wq.59/5
Mathieu Dupouy, clavichord
(Martin Kather, 2001, after Hubert, 1787)
 
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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #36 on: November 28, 2015, 10:44:48 AM »


Phillippe Chanel plays some early music on a colourful and lute like instrument, I don't have the booklet and can't find any details of what he's using. Philippe Chanel appears to be an academic with some papers on clavichord to his name, which always bodes well. On spotify etc and worth hearing for sure. The style is expressive and that's what I like.

I've discovered something about clavichord recordings. They're nice to hear with the amp turned well down. And nice to hear with the amp turned up and sitting very close to the speakers. Like driving over speed bumps - either very fast or very slow but not in between. (Maybe that's why it sounds so like a lute.)
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« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2015, 01:23:31 AM »


The recording here of Sweelinck's variations on "Mein  junges Lieber's hat ein end" confirms my thesis that Siegbert Rampe is the greatest clavichord player since Johann Sebastian Bach. He manages to make the music as light as a March for fairies by Mendelssohn.
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Re: Clavichord recordings you like.
« Reply #38 on: January 10, 2016, 04:12:58 AM »
Ralph Kirkpatrick did a wonderful performance of The Goldberg Variations.
It was on vinyl -- in the day -- and has been out of print for some time. Unless an individual has transferred it, it will be found only on vinyl, used. It is really worth a listen, if you run across it.
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« Reply #39 on: January 17, 2016, 10:59:34 AM »
Alexei Lubimov has recently recorded Joseph Haydn "The seven last words of Christ" on a tangent piano which uses a similar mechanism as the clavichord.
It is an absolutly stunning reading of this masterpiece.  This artist litterally floored me.