Started by Que, April 14, 2007, 01:30:11 AM
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Quote from: lukeottevanger on April 14, 2007, 01:39:17 AMmight want to change your title somewhat - the clavichord isn't plucked
Quote from: lukeottevanger on April 14, 2007, 01:39:17 AMI'm a big old clavichord fan, obviously (I have one and compose for it too), but sadly it's an instrument that doesn't always come across fantastically on CD for various reasons. Among a few other Bach-on-clavichord discs (Hogwood, Adlam) I have Kirkpatrick's two books of the WTC on clavichord and Book One to go with itand they are admirable but perhaps, like some other clavichord recordings I've heard, lacking in the magical expressivity which is the instrument's trump card. I admire the laudable way Kirkpatrick attempts to insist that the listener resists the urge to pump up the volume, however!
Quote from: lukeottevanger on April 14, 2007, 02:07:25 AMYou know, one of the problems that seems to exist in recording the clavichord - apart from coping with its tiny sound, though possibly related to this fact, perhaps - is the fact that this instrument, which works by striking the strings and has a relatively good sustain, tends nevertheless to sound fairly percussive and plucked when recorded. At least, that is the impression some recordings have made on me, including the Kirkpatrick (I'm just spinning his WTC II to check that impression - yes, indeed, he has a very resonant and strong instrument sounding something like a very mellow harpsichord). That's why it's completely excusable that you imagined it to be a plucked instrument!
Quote from: Bunny on April 28, 2007, 01:34:18 PMQue or Don -- have either of you heard anything of Peter Watchorn's English Suites (harpsichord)? I was listening to some samples and they sound quite interesting.
Quote from: Bunny on April 29, 2007, 09:08:52 AMQue, I also have and love the Rousset English Suites (as well as his French Suites, another excellent choice) as well as the Curtis English and French Suites (in the Bach 2000 covers). They are both excellent, but I have read very mixed things about Watchorn's WTC which I am also considering, so the English Suites seemed like a good way to test the water. I guess I'll have to wait and see if Don has heard these. About the sound on the Rousset recordings, although some have likened them to Bach in an airplane hangar, I think of them as Bach in a side chapel of a cathedral.
Quote from: Que on April 26, 2007, 11:04:09 PMI recently got this disc the get a taste of Troeger's clavichord recordings on the label Lyrichord.This being my first real clavichord CD, I can't tell if the recording brings the sound gives a accurate picture of the sound of the instrument. To my ears the recording could be closer and more "dry" - less spacious acoustics. Now the sounds tends to "sing around a bit", with a diffusing effect.Would appreciate comments on this by posters more familiar with clavichord recordings! On the performance: I like this fine. Troeger keeps up a good tempo and firm rhythms, but plays with plenty of flexibility - sparkling ornamentations.
Quote from: Don on April 29, 2007, 09:47:03 AMWatchorn's Toccatas are excellent; the English Suites not as fine. My review of his English Suites was on the Bach Cantatas website, and he treated it like poison, assuming that the only way I could not love his set was if I didn't listen to it more than once or twice. His recording of the Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord is great, although the violinist isn't as fine. I'm the one who referred to Rousset's recent Bach recordings as sounding as if they come from an airplane hangar. I'm sticking to that premise. Fact is that I like my recordings drier than most other folks.
Quote from: premont on April 29, 2007, 11:59:12 AMGenerally I prefer Bachs keyboard music played more detached and with more pointed rhythmical articulation than Troeger does here. He plays rather much continuous legato (I think this is an important cause of the diffusing effect you mention). But still I like his interpretations because of the transparent part-playing, natural phrasing and engaged expressive style.
Quote from: Don on April 29, 2007, 09:47:03 AMWatchorn's Toccatas are excellent; the English Suites not as fine. My review of his English Suites was on the Bach Cantatas website, and he treated it like poison..
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