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Chilean born harpsichordist Catalina Vicens features six instruments from the privately owned Fritz Neumeyer Historical Keyboards Collection housed in Bad Krozingen Castle. Their diverse timbres make interesting and varied listening of this important, first ever published collection of keyboard music (in 1613) which remains surprisingly infrequently recorded in its entirety. Its 21 pieces, comprising mainly pavanes and galliards by three towering keyboard composers, were dedicated to the marriage of Frederick V and Queen Anne’s daughter Elizabeth Stuart. Herself a gifted keyboard player and a student of John Bull, Elizabeth’s undoubted virtuosity is matched admirably in this recording, with sparkling passagework and seemingly effortless ornamentation. A propensity to spread successive chords, and a liberal use of the staggering-hands technique lessens the expressive impact of these devices at times, but overall these are thoughtful and persuasive performances.

Katharine May Read the full review on Agora Classica


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