Notes & Reviews:
Keyboard virtuoso Andreas Staier presents Pour passer la mélancolie (to pass the melancholy), a unique program of French Baroque harpsichord music. The works presented here are not simply compositions in deeply sorrowful or expressive registers, but also discourses in sound on vanity, art and music itself. Whether the composer luxuriates in melancholic disorder or attempts to remedy it, there is but a fine line here between the vanity of the world and the artist's glory. In his readings of Froberger, Fischer and Clérambault, Staier distills the fruits of this sophisticated aesthetic blend.
Staier's fortepiano is deliciously transparent, his musicianship revelatory.
The Guardian, 7th March 2013
Much of this music sounds as if it were written centuries after its time, though it inhabits very different territory from late Romantic self-indulgence or modernist bravado. Staier plays it all with wonderful commitment on a newly restored late 17th-century harpsichord.
BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
A satisfying issue on a fine-sounding and sympathetically recorded mid-18th-century harpsichord.
International Record Review, March 2013
Staier surely comes close to an ideal synthesis of historical awareness and charisma ... superb, both from a visual and audio perspective.
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