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Bach 48 Book Two


New for 2020 -
The Well-tempered Clavier, BOOK TW0

Many consider the “Forty-Eight Preludes and Fugues” to be Bach’s supreme achievement in the area of keyboard music.

To complement Book One, this much-anticipated 2-CD set is now available, and already receiving excellent reviews instrument used in recording from experts whose praise I particularly value.
“I would urge anyone to buy this… there are so many things to be learned here, from the playing, as well as from the superb [accompanying] notes.” - Andrew McGregor - BBC Radio 3 Record Review

The unusual instrument used in these recordings is my 2016 harpsichord after an original by Nicholas Celini. (You may also be interested to see how I restored the original, dated 1661.)

This new recording is available as a 2-CD set, at the exceptional price of £14.

Stephen Malinowski has made a video realisation of the Prelude and Fugue in C major. Malinowski video [Please note that by clicking to play this video you give your consent to YouTube placing cookies on your device.] (See Privacy policy.)

Playing my restored Celini harpsichord of 1661.
For more on this instrument and the CDs recorded with it, see News

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As both a maker and player of harpsichords, I enjoy the rare privilege of turning a collection of pieces of wood into a finished harpsichord and then playing it in public. photo of Colin Booth, harpsichord player and maker While geographically based in the South-West of England (home and workshop are near the beautiful city of Wells), performing has given me the opportunity of travelling far afield and forming friendships with other musicians, many of whom now own my instruments.


‘Your concert was hugely enjoyed and many people told me how astonished they were that you not only played brilliantly but built the exquisite harpsichord you brought with you.’

David Titterington, RAM, Artistic Director of the St. Albans International Organ Festival,
following the concert which formed part of the 2013 Festival.


CD cover, Goldberg Variations Building harpsichords takes time, so my concert work has been limited, compared with full-time performers. In order to reach a wider audience, in 1991 I established the Soundboard record label. There are now a dozen recordings of solo harpsichord music available on Soundboard, including the landmark CD of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

‘For me this recording stands out in a crowded field.’

Noel O’Regan. Early Music Review, August 2011.


masterclass, Washington 2019

I also love teaching, and have developed a deep interest in the expressive capabilities of the harpsichord and its music.

You may be interested in one of my articles, The Harpsichord - an Instrument for the Head or the Heart?


Masterclass tuition
Washington DC 2019


Did Bach Really Mean That? Seminars held at the Dartington International Summer School led to “Did Bach Really Mean That?” - a 350-page handbook. Its aim is to encourage keyboard players, whatever their instrument, to go “beyond the dots”: to discover more fully the breadth of meaning which an apparently simple Baroque score may conceal.

‘The book is absolutely first class: very learned yet imaginative and totally approachable. So much to learn from it, and so much to admire. Congratulations. I have already recommended it to several keyboard players.’


Sir Roger Norrington, conductor


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Click here to explore recordings of solo harpsichord music on the Soundboard label.

Click here for “Did Bach Really Mean That? - deceptive notation in Baroque keyboard music”.

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Photographs of performing and teaching, courtesy of  Joe McHugh, Studio 5, Renmore, Galway
and   Aminah Hughes: www.aminah.com.au

Video clips: my thanks to Dr. Peter Mole

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