Harpsichordist and Harpsichord-Maker
Colin Booth’s current solo harpsichord programmes:
The Attraction of the Grounde
English Music from the 17th century. Composers include Byrd and
Purcell, and pieces concentrate on the use of the Ground Bass. This
delightful and deceptively simple musical form was very popular in
England, and has been used by many later composers too, including
Dark Harpsichord Music
This memorable programme, often scheduled for the late evening,
was first performed at Dartington in 1995, and much of the original
music has been retained. It also became one of Colin’s most successful
CDs. A continuous sequence of pieces ancient and modern, it sustains a
mood of intense, mostly dark character. Composers include Couperin,
Bach, Louis Andriessen, and Liz Lane.
The Fantastic Harpsichord
A programme concentrating upon Fantasias. Music by Francois Couperin,
Handel, Liz Lane, Peter Philips, and including Bach’s famous
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue.
Colin welcomes invitations to perform any of these
programmes during the next 12 months, and is happy to consider requests
for variants upon them.
With Paul Bambrough, tenor: English Music for Voice and
Following the success of Colin’s very different performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, he is working on a CD based upon the first of the solo programmes featured above. The CD, too, is to be titled “The Attraction of the Grounde”.
Future projects include a recording of early French music, played on an original French harpsichord of 1661, now in Colin’s ownership.
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