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Having mastered organ, fortepiano and harpsichord, Douglas Hollick turns his attention to the crisp, crunchy, vibrato-sprung sonorities of the clavichord. Playing an unfretted 1909 Arnold Dolmetsch model based on a 1784 instrument by Christian Gotthelf Hoffmann, an adroitly chosen programme features pieces contemporaneous with Hoffmann’s original. C.P.E. Bach’s late Fantasia in C (anticipating Haydn and Beethoven) and Jiří Benda’s Sonata in F are vivid exercises in contrasted dynamics, tempi and emotions. A trio of sonatas by Haydn equally revel in the clavichord’s elegant chiaroscuro tones and penchant for the dramatic. Hollick plays with a quiet but obvious, altogether engaging relish for the instrument’s distinctive voice. Helpful notes are provided by Hollick and Derek Adlam.

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