British Music for Harpsichord: Berkeley, Howells, Bryars, Jeffreys | Naxos 8573668

British Music for Harpsichord: Berkeley, Howells, Bryars, Jeffreys

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573668

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 26th February 2016



Many eminent 20th-century composers have been fascinated by the expressive capabilities of the harpsichord, and this selection unites the instrument’s traditional idioms with progressive and highly personal sensibilities. Sir Lennox Berkeley’s music evinces a distinctive French influence, while Howells’ Clavichord is a series of musical portraits of the composer’s distinguished friends. Gavin Bryars has deep roots in the avant-garde, but After Handel’s “Vesper” is virtuosic yet expressive, while John Jeffreys’s Four Little English Dances are delightful tributes to the harpsichord’s lyricism. Christopher D Lewis’s other Naxos harpsichord recordings of French music and works by Philip Glass are available on 8573364 and 8573146.

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