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Bach: "Italian" Concerto; "French" Overture; Other Works for Harpsichord / Steven Devine, harpsichord

Notes & Reviews:

The 'Italian' Concerto and 'French' Overture included on this disc together make up the second part of Bach's Clavier-Übung. The 'Italian' Concerto is full of allusions to the Italian orchestral concerto style, but the idiomatic keyboard writing shows the work's conception as a virtuoso keyboard piece. The 'French' Overture's opening movement is Bach's longest single keyboard movement. Steven Devine plays a double-manual harpsichord by Colin Booth (2000) after Fleischer (1710).

BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
It's a lineup oozing virtuosic exuberance, and, as in his heel-kicking additions to the ouverture's Echo, Devine can do 'brilliance'; but he's never interested in virtuosity for its own sake.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
Follow closely...and you'll notice how Bach's harmonic governs the harpsichordist's phrasing...Devine is at his best in the French Overture...[his] intimately scaled fingerwork and adroit contrapuntal acumen between the hands place the attractive Colin Booth double manual harpsichord centre stage.


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