Trevor Pinnock - The Harmonious Blacksmith: Favourite Harpsichord Pieces (1984) Reissue 2014
George Frideric Handel, J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Caspar Fischer, François Couperin
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Louis-Claude Daquin, Claude-Béninge Balbastre
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 374 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 478 7901 GB (Virtuoso) | Time: 00:52:50
Trevor Pinnock is one of the world's leading exponents of historical performance practice, and this collection of Baroque keyboard favorites is one of his most successful attempts to communicate his musical values to a broad audience. These popular works are often anthologized, but seldom have they sounded as fresh and exciting as they do here. Handel's Harmonious Blacksmith and Bach's Italian Concerto are the best known of these selections, though Pinnock's playing liberates them from their use as flashy encore pieces and instead treats them as more intimate entertainments. François Couperin's magical Les baricades mistérieuses and Rameau's Gavotte Variations are also well known, and their inclusion on any disc of the harpsichord's "greatest hits" is de rigueur. Domenico Scarlatti's two Sonatas in E major are still brilliant, even at the lower tuning (A=415). The remaining works of this collection are perhaps less-widely heard, but each offers insights into both Pinnock's interpretive skills and the instrument's wealth of possibilities.