I had a chance to read through the new Harpsichord
and Fortepiano a bit last night, and there are more
things you might like to know about (see posting on
"Soundboard" - a bulleting board of recent developments
and upcoming events in the "early keyboard world".
Three articles on the pros & cons of conservation and
restoration by Mimi Waitzman, Goran Grahn and David Winston
An uncredited article on the Colt Clavier Collection of
early pianos, a large but lesser-known collection in Kent
whose condition and fate have been subjects of speculation.
_Keyboard Musical Instruments in the Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston_ by John Koster, with contributions by
Sheridan Germann & others. (a rave!) reviewed by
Paul Irvin & Igor Kipnis.
_Bate Collection Demi-Catalogue No. 1_ by Jeremy Montagu
23 pages, reviewed by Kah-Ming Ng
_Bate Collection Handbooks: Francois Couperin: Pieces de
Clavecin - The Background_ by Jane Clark (22 pp)
reviewed by Sophie Yates
Beau Genie - Pieces de Clavecin from the Bauyn Ms, vol 1
Jane Chapman, hpscd. Collins Classics 14202. rev. by
Stephen Patrick. [Ruckers double of 1614, meantone]
Volume I of three.
The Music of Armand-Louis Couperin. Jennifer S Paul, hpd
Klavier 11041*. rev. by John Henry. [harpsichord details
not given (Willard Martin?)] "outstanding playing".
English Eighteenth-century Keyboard Concertos. Paul
Nicholson, Parley of Instruments. Hyperion 66700*
rev. by Howard A Fenton. Music by Roseingrave, Arne,
Chilcot, Nares. Concertos for harpsichord and fortepiano.
Forqueray: Suites de Clavecin 1747. Arthur Haas, harpsi-
chord [J. Germain, Paris 1785] Wildboar 9201*. rev. by
David Bray. Incl. "La Forqueray" mvmts by Duphly & Rameau.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his Predecessors. Brigitte
Haudebourg, hpd, pft. Discover international 920143
[Chris Maene, Belgium, after Taskin & Walter] Music
of JC & CPE Bach, Honauer, Schobert, & Eckard.
rev. by Sebastian Dedis.
"Music as Befitts a Quene": English Virginal Music 1570-1650.
Edward Parmentier, hpd. [Keith Hill, after Ruckers 1640,
meantone] Wildboar 9102*. rev. by David Bray. "...the tuning
of the instrument (essentially quarter-comma meantone, with
a little 'fringing' adding colour to the sound when the
registers are coupled) is particularly effective, making
very striking the expressive dissonances of the music."
Scarlatti: Unpublished Sonatas. Mayako Sone, hpd. Erato 94806*
[David Ley, after Blanchet 1733] rev. by Howard A Fenton
Sone was a prize winner at Bruge 1986. She plays some of
the numerous sonatas and other pieces discovered since 1985.
Spanish and Portuguese Harpsichord. Sophie Yates, hpd.
[uncredited copy of Italian c.1600] Chandos 0560*. rev. by
Stephen Patrick. A fabulous recording (Joseph sez).
* indicates now available in US
Articles on maintenance and tuning, and on pitch-notation by Mimi
Waitzman and Jackson Amers, respectively.
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