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The Harmonious Thuringian - Music from the early years of Bach and Handel / Terence Charlston, harpsichord

Notes & Reviews:

This recording was inspired by David Evans' reconstruction of a Thuringian harpsichord, c.1715, and a desire to find appropriate repertoire. These performances explore the musical heritage of Bach and Handel and recreate the harpsichord sound they and their contemporaries may have heard. The Thuringian in question is a unique instrument, fundamentally different in sound and touch from typical 18th c. harpsichords of the German, Franco-Flemish or 'International' schools. Much evidence exists to suggest both Bach and Handel would have been well acquainted with this style of instrument.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Charlston performs with elegance and refinement. His 'Harmonious Blacksmith' projects a virtuosic command, while the other works largely demonstrate his lyricism, with graceful, well-paced phrasing. His approach to sonority is generally rich and spacious, I hoped for more in specific cadences, for example at the conclusion of the Fugue by JC Bach. This is overall an excellent record with beautiful performances of an unusual collection of repertoire.


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