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The Harpsichord in the New Millennium

Album Summary

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Siciliano, for violin & harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Fandango, for violin & harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Sonatina no 2, for harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Moments no 1, for violin
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Moments no 2, for harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Moments no 3, for violin & harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Scherzo, for fortepiano & harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Elegy, for fortepiano & harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Tango, for fortepiano & harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Suite for Children, for violin & harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Dance, for harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Sonatina, for violin & harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Vocalise, for violin & harpsichord
>Hirabayashi, Asako : Street Music, for violin & harpsichord
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Notes & Reviews:

Japanese-American composer Asako Hirabayashi writes: "After 150 years' absence, there has been a vigorous revival of interest in and compositions for the harpsichord. To address the lack of music for harpsichord as a solo instrument, I started to write my own pieces." The recording was made at St. Bridget's church in rural Johnson County, Iowa. The harpsichord is a French double manual after Peter Taskin, built by Eizo Hori in 1986.

"Composer Asako Hirabayashi is also a concert harpsichordist, so it's only natural that she would want to write for her chosen instrument. Although triumphantly resurrected, the harpsichord is still mostly heard in recordings of Baroque music, so whenever a contemporary composer adds to its literature it's a welcome event. While others have contributed the occasional suite or fancy, Hirabayashi makes her recorded debut with an entire mini-repertoire: 24 tracks of passionate, sparkling, lyrical, even poignant music to help secure the harpsichord's presence in the new millennium. In addition to variety of mood there's a mix of styles, all assimilated with easy aplomb... Asako Hirabayashi aims to please with her music and it pleases me to say that she's succeeded in this diverse, entertaining, stimulating collection that most music lovers, not just harpsichordists, should enjoy." - Robert Schulslaper, Fanfare

"Hirabayashi's works for harpsichord, violin, and fortepiano combine modern and classical sounds. Her harmonic language spans a wide spectrum of styles: when I heard these pieces for the first time, Bach, Ligeti, Perischetti, and Brahms came to mind. The piece I enjoyed most was the charming Suite for Children for violin and harpsichord. It is unreservedly melodic and shows a side of the composer that is both poignant and lighthearted."-American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Bridget's Church, Solon, IA.



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>Hirabayashi, Asako : Siciliano, for violin & harpsichord
  • Performers: Gina DiBello (Violin); Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Fandango, for violin & harpsichord
  • Performers: Gina DiBello (Violin); Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Sonatina no 2, for harpsichord
  • Performer: Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Moments no 1, for violin
  • Performer: Gina DiBello (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2007

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Moments no 2, for harpsichord
  • Performer: Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2007

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Moments no 3, for violin & harpsichord
  • Performers: Gina DiBello (Violin); Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2007

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Scherzo, for fortepiano & harpsichord
  • Performers: Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord); Gail Olszewski (Fortepiano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Elegy, for fortepiano & harpsichord
  • Performers: Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord); Gail Olszewski (Fortepiano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Tango, for fortepiano & harpsichord
  • Performers: Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord); Gail Olszewski (Fortepiano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Suite for Children, for violin & harpsichord
  • Performers: Gina DiBello (Violin); Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Dance, for harpsichord
  • Performer: Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Sonatina, for violin & harpsichord
  • Performers: Gina DiBello (Violin); Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Vocalise, for violin & harpsichord
  • Performers: Gina DiBello (Violin); Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Hirabayashi, Asako : Street Music, for violin & harpsichord
  • Performers: Gina DiBello (Violin); Asako Hirabayashi (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009