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In the late 18th century, traditional harpsichords and the new fortepianos ‘met’ in the new galant styles. As Rebecca Cypress argues, both instruments were regularly played together in concertos in the salon of Berlin keyboard player Sara Levy (1761-1854). This CD recreates the context by recording W.F. Bach’s Concerto in F, plus arrangements of C.P.E. Bach’s C major Sonata (Wq. 87) and J.S. Bach’s G major Sonata (BWV 1039). The final piece is J.S. Bach’s Concerto in C major (BWV 1061a). The ‘chalk-and- cheese’ instruments contrast well, but tempi are sometimes cautious. An interesting experiment though.

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