|David R. MacDonald said:|
This recording showcases a Flemish double harpsichord by David R. MacDonald and its matching pedal division with an innovative pedal push-up system by Philip Tyre. The acoustics of the sanctuary in which the recording was made lend a magisterial quality to these grand works. The tonal quality of the manual and pedal divisions is fundamental and resonant. The Flemish double is disposed 2 X 8' and 1 X 4' with buff stops on both eight-foot choirs. The pedal is disposed: 16' Forte, 16' Piano, 8' Triobass, 4' Choralbass with buff stops available for all choirs.
This premiere recording of Plectrum, produced for Augustana Records, is available for $15 plus postage and handling from Runstone Bookstore, (309) 794-7541.
Jan Hanford said:
This is a unique and well-done recording. The pedal harpsichord here is truly full-bodied, I've never heard a harpsichord sound so... "rich" is the only word I can think of. The recorded sound is excellent; with a pleasantly subtle ambient echo that does not interfere with the performance.
I was particularly impressed by the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582 on pedal harpsichord. Intricacies and details in the counterpoint of this famous work are revealed here that are not always audible on organ performances (particularly ones with a lot of echo). Each of these works is very suited to the pedal harpsichord, making this recording an exciting presentation of this remarkable instrument.