COLIN BOOTH – Johann Mattheson: ‘The Melodious Talking Fingers of 1749’

June 25, 2020



THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED in the interests of our audience members’ health and safety, and in compliance with DC, MD, and VA regulations.

Renowed English harpsichordist Colin Booth performs a concert works from Johann Mattheson’s ‘The Melodious Talking Fingers of 1749’.

Harpsichordist, Author, and Early Keyboard Builder

Colin Booth has 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 a player, Colin has performed as soloist and continuo harpsichordist in a number of countries, from Denmark to South Africa. He taught and played annually for 25 years at the Dartington International Summer School, and has recorded 12 CDs of solo harpsichord music.

Colin’s extensive recordings, which include many important recordings of early English composers, have met with considerable acclaim.  His most recent recording is of music by the great Elizabethan master William Byrd, The Melodious Birde – Keyboard Music by William Byrde played on three different and appropriate instruments from his workshop.  Other recordings of early English composers include Peter Philips – The English ExilePurcell – The English Orpheus; and William Croft Keyboard Music.  Colin is currently preparing a 4-CD complete recording of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, which follows on from his earlier Bach recording of the Goldberg Variations. Colin has also authored an important book for players of Baroque keyboard music  – Did Bach Really Mean That? – Deceptive Notation in Baroque Keyboard Music.

“For delight in sheer harpsichord sound, [Colin’s] disk is hard to beat.” BBC Music

“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.” Gramophone.

Colin Booth plays J. Mattheson’s Suite no 7 B Flat Major – Prelude