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Offline Mandryka

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Re: General Harpsichord and Clavichord Thread
« Reply #441 on: October 24, 2020, 01:19:43 PM »
Leonhardt made several more Frescobaldi recordings. Has anyone got an opinion of these:

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4: Noble playing, perfect, but not as perfect as Vartolo in the same music . (I think you can have degrees of perfection.)

3: Real emotional depth, darkness sometimes, in this one. A great favourite of mine, I play it often.

2: Don’t know this so well, just playing it now and I was struck by the harpsichord, a review on Amazon says it’s a Zell.

1: Can’t remember!
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Re: General Harpsichord and Clavichord Thread
« Reply #442 on: October 24, 2020, 02:40:20 PM »
1: Can’t remember!

this one's done on a revival harpsichord I think. Either that or an 18th century English Kirckman harpsichord?

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Re: General Harpsichord and Clavichord Thread
« Reply #443 on: October 24, 2020, 02:55:56 PM »
this one's done on a revival harpsichord I think. Either that or an 18th century English Kirckman harpsichord?

According to Discogs he uses a Neupert harpsichord (probably the one he used for his first AoF and first Goldberg variations recording) and the organ of the Silbermann Kapelle - of course a misnomer for the organ of the Hofkirche, Silberne Kapelle, Innsbruck. I have never warmed to this recording finding it dull and uninspiring.
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Re: General Harpsichord and Clavichord Thread
« Reply #444 on: October 24, 2020, 02:58:25 PM »
4: Noble playing, perfect, but not as perfect as Vartolo in the same music . (I think you can have degrees of perfection.)

3: Real emotional depth, darkness sometimes, in this one. A great favourite of mine, I play it often.

2: Don’t know this so well, just playing it now and I was struck by the harpsichord, a review on Amazon says it’s a Zell.

 1: Can’t remember!

Agree as to 4 and 3. I haven't heard 2 for ages, and do not recall it clearly.
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Re: General Harpsichord and Clavichord Thread
« Reply #445 on: October 24, 2020, 03:21:45 PM »
Ah, this is the Kirckman Frescobaldi recording. His first recording on a historical instrument, before the series of Ahaus Ruckers releases. Anyone heard it? https://www.discogs.com/Girolamo-Frescobaldi-Gustav-Leonhardt-Music-For-Harpsichord/release/12919972

Edit: turns out this is identical to #2. Not a Zell, but it is the Kirckman.

Edit 2: Amazing playing, measured but lively. Although not as nuanced as his later recordings, there's a bit of a naïve joy in them. Very much like his Ahaus Ruckers Froberger recording, which I also like a lot. It really took this sort of playing to convince the public that this music was worth digging out and hearing.
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Re: General Harpsichord and Clavichord Thread
« Reply #446 on: November 10, 2020, 02:31:43 AM »
An upcoming broadcast of Jean Rondeau playing L Couperin and Froberger in homage to the late Verlet - I wonder how he will fare with this music.
https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/le-concert-de-20h/couperin-froberger-le-claveciniste-jean-rondeau-rend-hommage-a-sa-professeure-regrettee-blandine-verlet-88789

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Re: General Harpsichord and Clavichord Thread
« Reply #447 on: November 10, 2020, 11:43:15 AM »
An upcoming broadcast of Jean Rondeau playing L Couperin and Froberger in homage to the late Verlet - I wonder how he will fare with this music.
https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/le-concert-de-20h/couperin-froberger-le-claveciniste-jean-rondeau-rend-hommage-a-sa-professeure-regrettee-blandine-verlet-88789

Sometimes it's beautiful, poetic, some times he reminds me of Lang Lang - mannered and superficial. There's a fine line between the two.
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Re: General Harpsichord and Clavichord Thread
« Reply #448 on: April 16, 2021, 04:40:48 AM »


When this came out in 2019 I remember being very impressed by the angle - basically Royer is often presented as a sort of empfindsamer stil avant la letter. It’s a very enjoyable contrast to Rousset’s more operatic view, I prefer Hayashi to both Rousset’s offerings in fact, though that’s a matter of taste obvs. Perfect music for a sunny p.m. in April in London, maybe it would be even more perfect (I know . . . contradiction in terms) for a languid August.

These petits maîtres like Royer can be every bit as fun as the grands.
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Re: General Harpsichord and Clavichord Thread
« Reply #449 on: June 01, 2021, 09:24:23 AM »


I think this is very enjoyable playing - a few instruments by the sound of it but I can’t find any details. His first release by the looks of it, and it has all the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from this musician: poetry, a taste for chromaticism, fantasy, virtuosity. In fact I can’t even find a proper list of tracks, though it’s familiar stuff by Weckmann, Froberger, Buxtehude, Bach, though be warned, there’s some Handel and CPE Bach too. Worth hearing I think, you can’t ever go wrong with Marcin Swiatkiewicz.
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Re: General Harpsichord and Clavichord Thread
« Reply #450 on: June 01, 2021, 12:03:31 PM »


I think this is very enjoyable playing - a few instruments by the sound of it but I can’t find any details. His first release by the looks of it, and it has all the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from this musician: poetry, a taste for chromaticism, fantasy, virtuosity. In fact I can’t even find a proper list of tracks, though it’s familiar stuff by Weckmann, Froberger, Buxtehude, Bach, though be warned, there’s some Handel and CPE Bach too. Worth hearing I think, you can’t ever go wrong with Marcin Swiatkiewicz.

Looks as if it is impossible to find (unknown Polish label?). I have heard his GV, which wasn't just my cup of tea. Too much polish and too deliberately "sensational" approach I think. But the one you posted may be more interesting.
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