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The choice of a 71-year-old instrument is justified by Miklós Spányi, who argues that harpsichords in historical styles were being built by Ammer a long time before the period-instrument movement came to public notice. Rescued from being scrapped, this particular two-manual harpsichord was built in 18th-century Thuringian style, with a specification of 16-8-8-4, restored, re-quilled and re-strung by Spányi himself. Included in the programme are Marches, Polonaises, Minuets, Suites, Variations and a Sonata, together with pieces from the Anna Magdalena Bach Clavierbüchlein that were probably composed by C.P.E. – interesting curios played at slightly plodding tempi with colourful registration.

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