The Golden Age of Harpsichord

The Golden Age of Harpsichord

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Rafael Puyana, harpsichord

Mercury Living Presence SR 90304

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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Jean Baptiste Besard (c.1567-1625) : Branle Gay
Louis Couperin (c.1626-1661) : Tombeau de M. de Blancrocher
Antoine Francisque (c.1570-1605) : Branle de Montirande
Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) : Sonata in E major, K. 381
Freixanet (c.1730-?) : Sonata in A major
J. S. Bach (1685-1750)  Concerto in D minor
John Bull (c.1563-1628) : Les Buffons (ms. 23623 British Museum)
William Byrd (1543-1623) : La Volta
Peter Philips ( c.1563-1628) : Pavana Dolorosa-Galiarda Dolorosa
Anonymous (circa 1500) : My Lady Carey's Dompe
Martin Peerson (c.1580-1650) : The Primerose-The Fall of the Leafe
John Bull (c.1562-1628) - The King's Hunt
Mateo Albeniz (1760-1831) : Sonata in D major

The harpsichord, sometimes disrespectfully referred to as a plucked instrument with keys, left its stamp on the musical language of the Baroque as no other. Whether employed as a continuous bass to accompany delicate chamber music, or heard in heady open-air concerts, or just as a solo instrument, its bright sound, rich in overtones, was highly esteemed by all important composers and musicians of the era. Due to the construction of the instrument it is not possible to play with a differentiated volume of sound, so performers made a virtue of necessity in that they concentrated upon lively phrasing and a well-considered choice of register.
In the present recording Rafael Puyana plays a two-manual Pleyel harpsichord and interprets a wide and varied range of European keyboard works from the 17th and 18th centuries. Along with compositions by Louis Couperin and Domenico Scarlatti’s, both of whom had a great influence on style in their day, this compilation has at its heart works by the English composers John Bull, William Byrd and Peter Philips, which are taken from the most famous collection of all Baroque compositions, the "Fitzwilliam Virginal Book". Short notes on the back cover provide useful information on the works’ historical context.

Recording: April and May 1962 at Ballroom Studio A of Fine Recording, New York City, by C. Robert Fine and Robert Eberenz
Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and Harold Lawrence

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.