12.00 noon, Saturday 17 October, 2009
A lunchtime concert by a leader in
the new generation of keyboard
virtuosi: '...yet more marvellous
improvised invention from Julian
Perkins' (Emma Kirkby).
Described by Hans von Bülow as
'the Old Testament of the piano repertory', Bach's Das Wohltemperierte Clavier is the cornerstone of all keyboard music.
This recital will
explore Book One of Bach's epic collection, together with works by
Fischer and Kuhnau that are said to have inspired this magnum opus.
Thanks very much for putting this on. We (all three) found it an
exhilarating experience. I started off wishing for the big astringent sound
of a harpsichord, but ears quickly attuned to the spare affect and
restricted dynamic of the clavichord - a real parlour instrument - but which
eventually sounded loud and characterful in the room - and I really
appreciated hearing Bach played like that, as it brought to the fore the
rich colour and architecture of the writing itself.
It's always wonderful to hear Bach played so well.
-- Neil Laister, 21 Oct 09
Largo from Sett No. 3 in B-flat major, James Nares
Jigg from Sett No. 7 in G major, James Nares
Audio clips reproduced by kind permission of
from his recording of
Eight Setts of Lessons for the Harpsichord
(1747) by James Nares (1715 - 1783).