|Review by Jan Hanford:|
What a wonderfully sublime recording. In an era where so many HIP musicians and orchestras are recording frenetic performances that more than verge on the unpleasant, it is a joy to hear this elegant new recording of Bach's Concertos for Solo Harpsichord. I was particularly pleased with the slow movements which clock in at sometimes a minute longer than other recordings. They are sweet and expressive, revealing the nuances and emotion of this fragile and lovely music. The fast movements are energetic but, thankfully, not too fast. They move along joyous and light as a feather. I did find the harpsichord to be a little too soft and undermixed but, overall, the balance of the small ensemble is excellent and the sound is nice. It's the kind of recording that fits well into your living room, like the musicians are there with you.
Richard Egarr is an exceptionally good harpsichordist, with fine attention to detail and meticulous articulation. His ornamentation is understated which I find refreshing.
Andrew Manze and Richard Egarr have built quite a reputation for excellence and they deserve all the acclaim. Outstanding technique and intelligent musicianship combine here to give us a recording of the highest quality. Extremely enjoyable and highly recommended.