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Harpsichord Music From England, Spain And Portugal / Ruzickova

Ruzickova
Release Date: 07/24/2012 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 4118   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John DowlandFerdinando RichardsonAnonymousJohn Bull,   ... 
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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HARPSICHORD MUSIC FROM ENGLAND, SPAIN AND PORTUGAL Zuzana R?ži?ková (hpd) SUPRAPHON 4118 (2 CDs: 99:57)


DOWLAND Melancholy Galliard. The Shoemaker’s Wife. My Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe. RICHARDSON Pavana. ANON. Almand. BULL Dr. Bull’s Juell. In nomine. Walsingham. The King’s Hunt. Read more class="COMPOSER12">MUNDAY Bonny Sweet Robin. MORLEY Alman. PEERSON The Fall of the Leafe. BYRD Galiardas Passamezzo. FARNABY Nobodyes Gigge. PURCELL Air. Canary. CROFT Ground. CABEZÓN Tiento. La dama la demanda. SEIXAS Sonatas in e, c, f. CARVALHO Toccata. Andante. SOLER Sonatas in e, G, C, a, F, D?


This two-disc set is a rerelease of recordings originally made in 1966 and 1983 by Zuzana R?ži?ková. Her harpsichord work extends back to just after the Second World War, when she began her studies at the Academy of the Arts in Prague. Before that time, she spent no fewer than three years in some of the most horrible concentration camps of the Nazi regime. It is therefore with some sense of irony that her first big international prize was won on the harpsichord in Munich in 1956, and after further studies in Paris, she embarked upon a successful keyboard career that took her around the world. Although she has remained based in Prague, she has won accolades everywhere for her decisive and nuanced performances, on the virginal and modern piano as well as the harpsichord. This rerelease of some of her more eclectic performances of some off-beat music, ranging from the English Renaissance to the Iberian 18th century, was done as an 85th birthday present on Supraphon.


Again, the term eclectic ought to be used, for apart from the inevitable stylistic range of the repertory, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason for the programming (apart, of course, from the celebratory nature of the disc itself). Still, it does demonstrate why her fame has been recognized internationally. She has a nice way of matching the various harpsichord stops to the sentiment of the music she is playing. John Dowland’s The Shoemaker’s Wife has a shrill upper registration, while Ferdinand Richardson’s Pavanne utilizes a variety to emphasize the variations of the basic tune. John Bull’s The King’s Hunt has horn calls, scurrying game, and even a nice chase interwoven into the lines. The virtuosity of the galloping horses is particularly effective, sounding like it ought to be done in every Shakespeare comedy as incidental music. Henry Purcell is represented by a pair of occasional pieces, of which the mincing Canary is very stylish, bespeaking periwigged gentlemen at play. On the second disc, the composers are lesser known, but the Spanish and Portuguese have a much more solid and solemn practice in contrast to the lively English. Antonio de Cabezón’s plodding contrapuntal Tiento seems like a finger exercise, but then the keyboard sonatas of José de Seixas and Antonio Soler liven things up. The former’s C-Minor Sonata owes much to Domenico Scarlatti, but the insistent Gigue is infectious, with interesting harmonies that somehow resolve normally. João de Sousa Carvalho’s Toccata is more along the lines of a C. P. E. Bach fantasy, while Pater Antonio Soler’s G-Major Sonata sounds like a demented waltz, with a pounding triple meter and roving melody.


Other, more recent recordings of this repertory do exist, so one must accept that this paean is somewhat more historical than current. Nonetheless, one finds that R?ži?ková’s reputation for her interpretive skills in entirely justified. The music has withstood the test of time, demonstrating that even as musical knowledge of harpsichord performance practice has evolved, her work was both an important part of its development and, moreover, still sounds wonderfully fresh even today. If you have gotten rid of your LP collection or have difficulty plowing through the dusty bins where they may reside now, you might consider this recording as a part of your permanent collection. Not only does it have a good sampling of English and Iberian works, something out of the mainstream, her performance is also well worth the price.


FANFARE: Bertil van Boer
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Works on This Recording

1.
Mellancholy Galliard, P 25 by John Dowland
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
2.
Shoemaker's Wife, a Toy, P 58 by John Dowland
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
3.
My Lady Hunsdons Puffe, P 54 by John Dowland
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
Pavana (Fitzwilliam Virginal Book) by Ferdinando Richardson
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
5.
Almand by Anonymous
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance  
Written: England 
6.
Doctor Bull's Juell by John Bull
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance  
Written: England 
7.
Walsingham by John Bull
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
8.
King's Hunt by John Bull
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
9.
In nomine by John Bull
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
10.
Bonny sweet Robin by John Munday
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance  
Written: England 
11.
Alman for Harpsichord by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
12.
Fall of the Leaf by Martin Peerson
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
13.
Galiardas Passamezzo by William Byrd
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance  
Written: England 
14.
Nobodyes Gigue by Giles Farnaby
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
15.
Indian Queen, Z 630: Canary by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
16.
Air for Keyboard by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
17.
Ground by William Croft
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
18.
Tiento del quarto tono by Antonio De Cabezón
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
19.
Diferencias sobre "La dama le demanda" by Antonio De Cabezón
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
20.
Sonatas (80) for Harpsichord: no 42 in F minor by Carlos Seixas
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738; Portugal 
21.
Sonatas (80) for Harpsichord: no 36 in E minor by Carlos Seixas
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738; Portugal 
22.
Sonatas (80) for Harpsichord: no 12 in C minor by Carlos Seixas
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Portugal 
23.
Toccata in G minor by Joao de Sousa Carvalho
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: Portugal 
24.
Andante for keyboard by Joao de Sousa Carvalho
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Spain 
25.
Sonata for Keyboard no 118 in A minor by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
26.
Sonata for Keyboard in G major by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
27.
Sonata for Keyboard in F major by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
28.
Sonata for Keyboard in D flat major by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
29.
Sonata for Keyboard in C major by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
30.
Sonata for Keyboard in E minor, MV 6 by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Zuzana Ruzicková (Harpsichord)

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