Music for Four Harpsichords by CPE Bach, JS Bach, George Malcolm | Australian Eloquence ELQ4824745

Music for Four Harpsichords by CPE Bach, JS Bach, George Malcolm


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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4824745

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 10th March 2017



The inspiration for this recording was a familiar event on London's musical scene during the late 1950s and 1960s. The annual 'Thomas Goff Harpsichord Jamboree', held at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Four Goff harpsichords were arrayed on the stage, with, at various times, harpsichordists Thurston Dart, George Malcolm, Simon Preston, Denis Vaughan, Valda Aveling, Eileen Joyce and Geoffrey Parsons taking part.

Malcolm's Variations on a Theme of Mozart were composed specifically (and ingeniously) for four solo Thomas Goff instruments, largely to display the art of modern harpsichord stop-changing. The music presented on this recording is a cross section of the works played at Goff's annual concerts, with conductor Raymond Leppard also a harpsichordist who played Goff instruments and the English Chamber Orchestra.

Notes are by Peter Watchorn, an Australian-born, US-based harpsichordist, one of whose teachers, Harold Lobb, was also an associate of Malcolm.

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