Bach, Bull, Byrd, Gibbons, Hassler, Pachelbel, Ritter & Strogers; Harpsichord Works / Leonhardt

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This recording has been reissued in the Essential Baroque Masterpieces collection with an exclusive interview of Skip Sempé:

"At this point of heritage, I think that the only thing one could really have inherited from Leonhardt is his musical conviction. Other than that, it is perhaps important to mention that it is France that has inherited much from Leonhardt, through his tradition and the subsequent creation a new generation of harpsichordists – some of whom studied with him and some of whom did not. In the 1960s and 70s, the French musical scene was extremely resistant to Leonhardt and to his approach, then, little by little, his approach eclipsed all previous influences in France, those of Landowska and the Ancien Régime. The direct result of this is that there are more fine harpsichordists in France than anywhere in the world. All this via Leonhardt, who began his career with Bach and finished it with Forqueray. This is somehow appropriate – even the finest harpsichords from his personal collection are now here with his old friends. And this very recording – as well as several others among Leonhardt’s last recordings – was made for a French label, largely due to the fact that Paris has become the centre of the harpsichord world.

I particularly miss him when I hear his fine organ playing. And when I play on his own harpsichords. Perhaps even more when I hear my friends and students play on them. Today, he is still extraordinarily present for me."

- Skip Sempé

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: ALPHA317

  • UPC: 3760014193170

  • Label: Alpha

  • Composer: Christian Ritter, Hans Leo Hassler, Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Pachelbel, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Bull, Nicholas Strogers, Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd

  • Performer: Gustav Leonhardt