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Joanna Leach - A Century Of Domestic Keyboards


Release Date: 08/12/2008 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 23026   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  François CouperinWilliam ByrdGeorge Frideric HandelJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Joanna Leach
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Period-instrument specialist Joanna Leach takes us on a journey through the development of keyboard instruments used in wealthy homes, from a spinet through three square pianos, each instrument being contemporary with the music played. The four instruments on this disc span a period of just over one hundred years. It was a century which saw huge change in the tone of keyboard instruments, from the then familiar sound of the harpsichord and spinet to the new and exotic timbre of the fortepiano. The instruments chosen are typical domestic instruments of the period. While the harpsichord, and later the grand piano, was to be found in theatres, assembly rooms or larger houses, the spinet and the square piano were designed for a more ordinary Read more domestic setting - though, due to the expense, they would be found only in rather upmarket homes. The music is by Couperin (Les Barricades Mystérieuses, Les Folies Françaises), Byrd (Pavan - The Earle of Salisbury), Handel (icluding his Toccata in G minor), J. S. Bach, Soler, Mozart (Adagio in B minor), Schubert (Six Dances) and Mendelssohn (including two Venetian Gondola Songs). This unique recital of elegantly played music vividly brings to life the sounds of another age. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 2: Ordre 6 in B flat major - Les baricades mistérieuses by François Couperin
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Spinet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Paris, France 
2.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 3: Ordre 13 in B minor - Les folies françoises ou Les dominos by François Couperin
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Spinet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Paris, France 
3.
Pavan and Galliards (2) in A minor no 2, MB 15 "The Earl of Salisbury": Pavan by William Byrd
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Spinet)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
4.
Fantasia for Harpsichord in C major by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Spinet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1732 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
6.
Toccata for Harpsichord in G minor by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
7.
Air and Variations for Harpsichord by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Baroque 
8.
Little Preludes (6): no 5 in E major, BWV 937 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Baroque 
9.
Little Preludes (6): no 6 in E minor, BWV 938 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Baroque 
10.
Sonata for Keyboard no 84 in D major by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
11.
Adagio for Piano in B minor, K 540 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
12.
German Dance(s) by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
13.
Hungarian melody for Piano in B minor, D 817 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 6, Andante sostenuto "Venetian Gondola Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Germany 
15.
Songs without words, vol 2, Op. 30: no 6, Allegretto in F sharp minor "Venetian Gondola Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
16.
Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 6, Andante con moto in A flat major "Duetto" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
17.
Albumblatt for Piano in E minor, Op. 117 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Square Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1837; Germany 
18.
Little Preludes (6): no 6 in E minor, BWV 938 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Keyboards)
Period: Baroque 
19.
Songs (6), Op. 57: no 5, Venetianisch Gondellied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Joanna Leach (Keyboards)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 

Sound Samples

Pieces de clavecin, Book 2: 6th Ordre in B flat major: Pieces de clavecin, Book 2, 6th Ordre in B flat major: Les baricades misterieuses, Rondeau
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: La Virginite sous le Domino couleur d'invisible
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: La Pudeur sous le Domino couleur de Roze
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: L'Ardeur sous le Domino incarnat
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: L'Esperance sous le Domino Vert
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: La Fidelite sous le Domino Bleu
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: La Perseverance sous le Domino Gris de lin
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: La Langueur sous le Domino Violet
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: La Coqueterie sous diferens Dominos
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: Les Vieux galans et les Tresorieres suranees sous des Dominos pourpres, et feuilles mortes
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: Les Courcous Benevoles sous des Dominos jaunes
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: La Jalousie Taciturne sous le Domino gris de Maure
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 13th Ordre in B minor: IV. Les Folies francoises, ou les Dominos: La Frenesie, ou le Desespoir sous le Domino noir
Pavan and 2 Galliards in A minor: Pavan and 2 Galliards No. 2 in A minor, "The Earl of Salisbury"
Fantasia No. 60 in C Major, HWV 490
Keyboard Sonata in G minor, HWV 580
Toccata in G minor, HWV 586
6 Little Preludes, BWV 933-938: Prelude No. 5 in E major, BWV 937
6 Little Preludes, BWV 933-938: Prelude No. 6 in E minor, BWV 938
Keyboard Suite No. 1 in B flat major, HWV 434: III. Aria con variazioni
Keyboard Sonata No. 84 in D major
Adagio in B minor, K. 540
38 Walzer, Landler und Ecossaisen (38 Waltzes, Landler and Ecossaises), Op. 18, D. 145: Waltz No. 6 in B minor
36 Originaltanze, Op. 9, D. 365, "Erste Walzer": Waltz No. 24 in B major
16 German Dances and 2 Ecossaises, Op. 33, D. 783: Ecossaise No. 1
16 German Dances and 2 Ecossaises, Op. 33, D. 783: German Dance No. 4 in G major
12 German Dances (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: 12 Deutsche (Landler), Op. 171, D. 790: No. 4 in D major
34 Valses Sentimentales, Op. 50, D. 779: No. 13. in A major
Ungarische Melodie, D. 817
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 2, Op. 30: No. 12 in F sharp minor, Op. 30, No. 6, "Venezianisches Gondellied"
Lied ohne Worte (Song without Words), Op. 62, MWV SD 29: Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 5, Op. 62: No. 29 in A minor, Op. 62, No. 5, "Venezianisches Gondellied"
Wie die Zeit lauft! (How Time Flies!)
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 3, Op. 38: : No. 18 in A flat major, Op. 38, No. 6, "Duetto"
Albumblatt in E minor, Op. 117, MWV U134: Albumblatt in E minor, Op. 117

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