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Martin Skowroneck is a name that is synonymous with the highest quality harpsichords since the 1960s, and this CD is a lovely pairing of father and son, with Tilman playing a superb copy by his father of the 1728 Zell in Hamburg. This instrument is ideal for Bach, a lovely sonorous but clear sound, beautifully recorded. The English Suite no.6, Prelude, Fugue & Allegro, and the Leonhardt transcription of the D minor solo violin partita make a delightful programme. Tilman has a deep understanding of this music, and as a child must have known Leonhardt, before then studying with him later, so it is not surprising to hear such well-paced and satisfying performances. Of particular note is the Gigue of the English Suite, the technical challenges managed with such ease, and a fine serene performance of the Prelude, Fugue & Allegro. The transcription of the famous Chaconne ends a splendid recording. Highly recommended.

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