Keyboard virtuoso Andreas Staier presents Pour passer la melancolie (to pass the melancholy), a unique program of French Baroque harpsichord music. The works presented here are not simply compositions in deeply sorrowful or expressive registers, but also discourses in sound on vanity, art and music itself. Whether the composer luxuriates in melancholic disorder or attempts to remedy it, there is but a fine line here between the vanity of the world and the artist's glory. In his readings of Froberger, Fischer and Clérambault, Staier distils the fruits of this sophisticated aesthetic blend.
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"Andreas Staier's extraordinary new album examines cults of melancholy in 17th-century keyboardRead more music. It's not primarily a study in pathology. Baroque concepts of melancholy embraced not only what we would classify as depression, but also a series of emotional responses to ideas of mortality, mutability and transience... Much of this music sounds as if it were written centuries after its time, though it inhabits very different territory from late Romantic self-indulgence or modernist bravado. Staier plays it all with wonderful commitment on a newly restored late 17th-century harpsichord."