Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Couperin: The Virtuoso Harpsichord Vol 2 - Anton Heiller

A small complement to Sankerib's massive Couperin post a few weeks ago... different harpsichord sound, different style of playing.

Mention of Anton Heiller brings to mind his interpretations of organ works by Bach, Buxtehude, and Reger. His facet as a harpsichordist is less familiar and recordings are harder to come by. I first heard a fragment from this CD on the radio and eventually found a copy.

Additional information from another source:
Producer: Karl Wolleitner. Digital Remastering/SBM Transfer: Katsuhiko Naito
Recorded: Vienna Austria, 1959
Originally released as BG 619
Cover: Harpsichord by Girolamo Zenti, Rome, 1658/ Inside: harpsichord by Antonio Scotti, Milan, 1753
Art Direction: Fred Holtz
(I don't know if these harpsichords were used in the recording or are only for the covers; there are no liner notes).

Review at ClassicsToday

Vanguard recording long out of print, but can be obtained from Arkiv.

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