21st Century Harpsichord Music | Prima Facie PFCD036

21st Century Harpsichord Music


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Label: Prima Facie

Cat No: PFCD036

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 20th April 2015



This landmark recording is a showcase, not only of new and remarkably diverse works for harpsichord, but also of an unprecedented assembly of renowned harpsichordists whose credentials for premičring these works are unparalleled. The performers include Maggie Cole, one of the best-known harpsichordists in Britain today, and Mahan Esfahani, the rising star of the instrument.

Most notably, the music on this disc is the culmination of a ground-breaking event: the first international composition competition for harpsichord to be run in Britain, launched in 2012 by the British Harpsichord Society to mark the tenth anniversary of its founding.

Over 90 entries from 18 countries were adjudicated over two rounds, producing a shortlist of solo works which admirably demonstrated the qualities sought by the competition: professionalism, integrity and the ability to say something new and exciting about the harpsichord.

The first, second and joint-third prize compositions (by Alessandro Ponti, Jung Sun Kang, and Aled Smith and Jürgen Kraus respectively) are joined on this disc by seven other competition entries, along with works by the adjudication panel members, comprising a programme of 14 premičre recordings. Here then is truly inventive music of our time for an instrument whose historical associations often belie its contemporary relevance: music to challenge and inspire the listener as well as to engage and excite the growing number of harpsichordists who are incorporating contemporary music into their programmes.

What these composers all demonstrate is a collective sensitivity and insight into the tonal and musical properties of the harpsichord, coupled with a consummate confidence in, and command of, their craft.

Track Listing:
1. Alessandro Ponti: In Fuga da Verona - Maggie Cole (harpsichord)
2. Patrick John Jones: Santoor Suite - Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
3. Aled Smith: Box Toccata - Goska Isphording (harpsichord)
4. Ivan Božičević: Summer in the World - Elaine Funaro (harpsichord)
5. Gavin Wayte: Hot to Trot Love Bot - Elaine Funaro (harpsichord)
6. Enno Kastens: Schattenreise - Penelope Cave (harpsichord)
7. Jung Sun Kang: Stick Boy and Match Girl in Love - Jane Chapman (harpsichord)
8. Junghae Lee: Improvisation sur les Ondes Chromatiques - Christoph Kaufmann (harpsichord)
9. Thomas Donahue: Five Shapes - Elaine Funaro (harpsichord)
10. Jürgen Kraus: The Ascent of the K517 - Jane Chapman (harpsichord)
11. Satoru Ikeda: Prism - Jane Chapman (harpsichord)
12. Larry Goves: Island surveys - Jane Chapman (harpsichord)
13. Rob Keeley: Two-Part Inventions Nos 6 and 7 - Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)
14. Gary Carpenter: Fin de Sičcle - Goska Isphording (harpsichord)

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