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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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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 

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