Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Essercizi, K. 1-15 (1738)
On the Neapolitan harpsichord
The Essercizi were Scarlatti's first published sonatas, dedicated to the King of Portugal (Scarlatti's former employer) and appearing in 1738. They contain delightfully varied techniques and Affekts (moods), indicative of the newly emerging Classical style.
The instrument is of typical Italian construction: all brass strings, single manual, two sets of 8-foot strings. The harpsichord was restrung in 2012 by Paul Irvin using a historical schedule after Sodi around 1750, yielding a sweet, resonant tone.
François Couperin (1668-1733)
Suite No. 6 in B-Flat Major
Suite No. 8 in B Minor
On the 18th-Century French Harpsichord
The genius and extraordinary inventiveness of François Couperin made a happy marriage with the extravagantly colorful 18th-century French harpsichord -- grand instrument of the nobility -- as heard in this recording.
The instrument was built for Carol lei Breckenridge in 2006 by Zuckermann Harpsichords, and restrung/revoiced by Paul Irvin in 2012. It is based on large 18th-century harpsichords of Blanchet and Taskin, and contains 3 registers -- 2X8 and 1X4 -- plus a lute stop; all possible combinations are heard in this recording.
Soundcloud.com: Recordings of 2 harpsichords (Italian and French), 2 fortepianos (Florentine and Viennese actions), Hubert clavichord, mostly all historically restrung & voiced by Paul Irvin. Hear recordings at Soundcloud.com:
Haydn and Mozart
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
On the Dulcken Fortepiano (Viennese Action)
Sonata in F Major, H. VXI/23
9 Variations on a Menuett by Duport Fantasia and Sonata in C Minor,
K. 475 and 457
These works by the Classical masters Haydn and Mozart exude great energy and drama on the clear, bright-toned "Viennese" fortepiano. An extremely rapid hammer action enables breath-takingly sparkling passages, as well as highly nuanced expression.
"The Bach Family
& The Clavichord"
Copy of 1765 Friederici Clavichord by Paul Irvin
Capricicio on Departure of Brother
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
Carl Philipp Emanuel
"Wurttemberg" Sonata No. 4
Free Fantasy in F# Minor Johann Christian
Sonata Op. 17 No. 2
Sonata Op. 17 No. 4
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