COLIN BOOTH

July 15, 2023

Schedule

Date:

Three French Masters
Louis & François Couperin & Jean Henry D’Anglebert

  • Date: Saturday, July 15, 2023
  • Timing: Doors open at 7:00pm for 7:30pm start. Concert ends ~9:00pm. Complimentary cheese, wine and other beverages offered post-concert.
  • Venue: Aberfoyle Place NW, Washington DC 20015
  • Metro: Friendship Heights is 2 miles from venue. Uber usually available.
  • Parking: Plentiful untimed parking available on well-lit Aberfoyle Pl. and side streets.
  • Covid Protocols: Proof of full vaccination required. Other Covid protocols updated two weeks prior to concert.

Making Space

Renowned British harpsichordist and harpsichord-builder Colin Booth performs a program of works by three of France’s greatest 17th century composers of keyboard music. This is elegant music, written largely in the form of stylized dance movements. Its elegance is such that it almost belies its richness of mood and emotion – it’s joyous, introspective, sentimental, melancholy, picturesque, witty music. Colin Booth’s exceptional artistry brings out the very deepest essence of this extraordinary music.

Colin Booth finished his last harpsichord in 2020, having combined the careers of harpsichordist and harpsichord-maker for 40 years. As maker, he has more than 300 customers to his credit, including a large number of Early Music professionals.

As harpsichordist, Colin has performed as soloist and continuo harpsichordist in a number of countries, from Denmark to South Africa and the USA. He taught and played annually for 25 years at the Dartington International Summer School in England, and has recorded 20 CDs of solo harpsichord music.

His book Did Bach Really Mean That? – an investigation of Baroque notation and the conventions underpinning it, has been praised both for its detail and insights, and for being a highly readable guide for all who are keen on playing early keyboard music, whatever their chosen instrument. To accompany the book, Colin released a critically praised recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

His complete recording of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier is available as two 2-CD sets. Andrew McGregor reviewed this for BBC’s Record Review, commenting “I would urge anyone to buy this…   there is so much to be learned here, from the playing, as well as from the superb booklet”.       

In 2021 Colin released a complete recording of Fishcer’s suites of 1698, and is now working towards a CD of favorite less-known works by J.S. Bach.                                                                                                                                     

Colin’s recordings are distributed in the US by Raven CDs: www.ravencd.com

To find out more about all aspects of Colin’s work, read several published articles, and to see the full range of his CDs and publications available to purchase online, visit www.colinbooth.co.uk

Gramophone: “The success of Booth’s performance… stems from tempi which take time to enjoy not just the harpsichord’s tone but the richness and lyricism that is there in the music.”

BBC Music: “For delight in sheer harpsichord sound (Colin Booth) is hard to beat.”

John Kitchen for Harpsichord & Fortepiano: ‘This is one of the most carefully considered and significant recordings of Bach’s completed Well-tempered Clavier that I have encountered: stylish, expressive, authoritative and compelling, and with refreshingly individual touches.”

Richard Turbet in The Consort: “Great playing, gorgeous sound. Clarity and empathy are Booth’s forte…”

Making Space


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