New edition of Johann Mattheson’s “Melodious Talking-Fingers”

Colin Booth and Matthew Brown recently published this new edition of Johann Mattheson’s  “Die Wohlklingende Fingersprache” (The Melodious Talking-Fingers) under the Soundboard label.  Drawing solely on the original 1735 publication , it includes beautifully clear scores for 12 fugues and assorted pieces for keyboard which are complemented by an informative Preface and useful Editorial Notes in English and German.  Available for order at 25GBP at www.colinbooth.co.uk/publication

Justin Taylor’s recent album: “La Famille Rameau”

Justin Taylor’s liquid-mercury technique and exquisite touch are fully evident in this spectacular album recorded on the Harpsichord Donzelague c. 1730 and, for one cut, an Erard 1891 piano. The album features a gorgeous mix of works by members of the Rameau family – Jean-Philippe, Claude, Claude-François, and Lazare – complemented by works of two composers inspired by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-François Tapray and Claude Debussy. This recording is rightly being showered with laudatory reviews from the critics.

Jean Rondeau releases “Melancholy Grace”

Here’s a new and quite different album from Jean Rondeau. Recorded on a Philippe Humeau 2007 harpsichord, and a polygonal virginal (arpicordo) attributed to Francesco Poggi, c. 1575, this is a very special album indeed. The instruments’ voices alone are enough to stop you in your tracks. But Jean’s performance of the works featured in the album – by G. Frescobaldi, J. Sweelinck, B. Storace, O. Gibbons and J. Bull and more – most certainly will. One of Jean Rondeau’s most engaging albums to date.

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