Five Centuries of Preludes on the Harpsichord

Author: 
Lindsay Kemp

Five Centuries of Preludes on the Harpsichord

  • Pièces de clavecin, Prélude
  • (8) Suites for Keyboard, Set I
  • Toccata
  • (Das) Wohltemperierte Klavier, '(The) Well-Tempered Clavier, C, BWV846
  • (Das) Wohltemperierte Klavier, '(The) Well-Tempered Clavier, E flat, BWV852
  • (Das) Wohltemperierte Klavier, '(The) Well-Tempered Clavier, G minor, BWV861
  • (Das) Wohltemperierte Klavier, '(The) Well-Tempered Clavier, C sharp minor, BWV873
  • (Das) Wohltemperierte Klavier, '(The) Well-Tempered Clavier, D, BWV874
  • (Das) Wohltemperierte Klavier, '(The) Well-Tempered Clavier, D minor, BWV875
  • (Das) Wohltemperierte Klavier, '(The) Well-Tempered Clavier, F sharp minor, BWV883
  • Prélude
  • Praeludium (unidentified)
  • Winter's Prelude
  • Suite
  • Sitio
  • (L') Art de toucher le clavecin, Prelude No. 7 in B flat
  • Prelude
  • Preludio all' imitazione del Signor Vanieri
  • (26) Preludes, No. 6 in B minor
  • La Choatique, prélude dans le goût baroque
  • Suite
  • Livres de clavecin, Book 3, 16th Ordre (G major-minor), Les graces incomparables, ou La Conti

An excellent idea. Canadian harpsichordist Catherine Perrin makes five suites out of assorted preludes by composers old and new, with Bach forming the inevitable backbone to the programme. The result, if a little interruptus in effect, is a refreshingly broad array of harpsichord textures which can be listened to from beginning to end with no danger of boredom. Perrin’s neat and sonorous playing leaves you wanting to hear more – though perhaps the inclusion of the Chopin B minor should just be classified as a ‘nice try’.'

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