>familiar with the Pleyel and its role in the harpsichord revival, how
>many of you are familiar with its particular sound, and how many would
>be interested in a digital recording of a similar harpsichord, complete
>with 16', pedals, lightning mid-phrase stop changes, and all the other
>perks that come with the breed?
IMHO forget it. Imagine what you would like to think Landowska
sounded like, and let it go at that.
I have listened at live recitals in good rooms by Irma Rogell and
Raphael Puyana on Pleyels. THe sound was ghastly and weak whatever the
virtuosity of the playing. I later heard one in Weill recital hall
in NY by a student of Silvia Marlowe, whose name escapes me. He had
a Pleyel that had belonged to Marlowe. The plectra (originally thick sole
leather), had been replaced with Delrin. The effect was not as washed out
as the other Pleyels but in no way was it a reasonable harpsichord.
Rodney Myrvaagnes [log in to unmask]