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This lovely CD… presents a panorama of what this magnificent instrument can do.
Michael Church, Sunday Express
…an ingeniously planned evening recital…
the high spot is Booth’s own transcription of
Bach’s solo violin Chaconne… a technical
tour de force…
George Pratt, BBC Music Magazine (Five stars *****)
…Colin Booth is a clear and deep thinker about
music as well as a much respected player… Here all his
talents combine to produce an original programme played with
unfailing, if understated, taste and skill. …The strongest
of recommendations - it could become cult listening.
David Hansell, Early Music Review
1) Prelude - evening
2) Jean Henry D’Anglebert (1628-91): Prelude in G minor
3) Armand-Louis Couperin (1725-89): Allemande in G major
4) Johann Mattheson (1681-1764): Air in G minor (12 Suites of 1714)
6) Louis Couperin (c1626-1661): Prelude in F major
7) Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788): Andante (Sonata in F major W62/6)
9) D’Anglebert Prelude in D minor
11) J S Bach (1685-1750): Chaconne in A minor (arr.Booth, from violin Partita in D minor)
12) François Couperin (1668-1733): Prelude in A major (l’Art de Toucher le Clavecin)
13) Louis Andriessen: Overture to Orpheus (1981-2)
14) Louis Couperin: Passacaille in G minor
15) Postlude - towards night
Late evening in Devon. Blackbird and thrush sing their last tribute to the dying day. In the medieval splendour of Dartington Great Hall the lights are dimmed, and the sombre but glittering tones of a harpsichord take over from the birds’ calls and carry an audience into the gathering darkness.
This CD recaptures the atmosphere, and much of the music, of a recent, memorable concert. It presents, in a continuously linked sequence of diverse but musically related pieces, an introspective exploration of mood.
© 2013-2016 Colin Booth, harpsichordist and harpsichord maker