I am still reading Hendrik's contra-rant and become immensely stimulated by
it. I had to stop in mid-stream to utter my satisfaction over something.
In one tiny little nugget Hendrik has said something extremely important,
something which explains a lot to me, and I hope the other hchord
enthusiasts out there. He wrote:
<<<Among other things, I have never heard any pianist play a
creditable mordent. I suspect that this is one figure the modern piano is
incapable of rendering well.>>>
There it really is in a nutshell.
By the way, in the days when I was first starting to build instruments (at
the time it was almost exclusively clavichords) and I was brash with the
intolerance of the converted, I happened to hear on the radio a scratchy
old recording of Casadeseus playing, I think, either one of the JSB
Partitas or French Suites on the piano. The recording was made some time in
the 1940s, and absolutely caught me up short. It sounded more like the
clavichord than the clavichord. To this day, when I piss off a modern
pianist with my H.I.P. attitudes and need to be conciliatory, I remember
the experience of hearing Casadeseus play Bach. To be fair, I'm still
waiting to hear any other modern pianist do it as well.