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Bach, Bull, Byrd, Gibbons, Hassler, Pachelbel, Ritter & Strogers; Harpsichord Works / Leonhardt


Release Date: 09/30/2016 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 317  
Composer:  Hans Leo HasslerNicholas StrogersWilliam ByrdJohn Bull,   ... 
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording has been reissued in the Essential Baroque Masterpieces collection with an exclusive interview of Skip Sempé:

"At this point of heritage, I think that the only thing one could really have inherited from Leonhardt is his musical conviction. Other than that, it is perhaps important to mention that it is France that has inherited much from Leonhardt, through his tradition and the subsequent creation a new generation of harpsichordists – some of whom studied with him and some of whom did not. In the 1960s and 70s, the French musical scene was extremely resistant to Leonhardt and to his approach, then, little by little, his approach eclipsed all previous influences in France, those of Landowska and the
Read more Ancien Régime. The direct result of this is that there are more fine harpsichordists in France than anywhere in the world. All this via Leonhardt, who began his career with Bach and finished it with Forqueray. This is somehow appropriate – even the finest harpsichords from his personal collection are now here with his old friends. And this very recording – as well as several others among Leonhardt’s last recordings – was made for a French label, largely due to the fact that Paris has become the centre of the harpsichord world.

I particularly miss him when I hear his fine organ playing. And when I play on his own harpsichords. Perhaps even more when I hear my friends and students play on them. Today, he is still extraordinarily present for me."

- Skip Sempé Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Canzon by Hans Leo Hassler
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
2.
Fantasia by Nicholas Strogers
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
3.
Coranto in C major, MB 45 by William Byrd
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
The Queen's Alman, MB 10 by William Byrd
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
5.
Ground in C major, MB 43 by William Byrd
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
6.
Bull’s Goodnight by John Bull
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
7.
Fantasias (10) for Keyboard: Fantasia no 2 in D minor by Orlando Gibbons
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
8.
Fantasia for Organ in A minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
9.
Praeludium by Johann Christoph Bach
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
10.
Toccata for Organ in G Major by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
11.
Allemanda in discessum Caroli XI regis Sueciae, for keyboard by Christian Ritter
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
12.
Fantasia in C minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
13.
Aria Variata in a, BWV 989 "In the Italian Style" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714; Weimar, Germany 
14.
O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)

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