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Dark Harpsichord

Music - Colin Booth



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Extract from Andante, Sonata in F majorCarl Philip Emanuel Bach
00:00 / 01:04
Extract from Chaconne in A minorJ S Bach | Arr. Colin Booth
00:00 / 00:44


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.

Track list:

  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)

  5. Link

  6. Louis Couperin (c1626-1661): Prelude in F major

  7. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788): Andante (Sonata in F major W62/6)

  8. Link

  9. D’Anglebert Prelude in D minor

  10. Link

  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


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

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