The Harmonious Blacksmith: Favourite Harpsichord Pieces

The Harmonious Blacksmith: Favourite Harpsichord Pieces

by Trevor PinnockTrevor Pinnock


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Trevor Pinnock is one of the world's leading exponents of historical performance practice, and this collection of Baroque keyboard favorites is one of his most successful attempts to communicate his musical values to a broad audience. These popular works are often anthologized, but seldom have they sounded as fresh and exciting as they do here. Handel's "Harmonious Blacksmith" and Bach's "Italian Concerto" are the best known of these selections, though Pinnock's playing liberates them from their use as flashy encore pieces and instead treats them as more intimate entertainments. François Couperin's magical "Les baricades mistérieuses" and Rameau's "Gavotte Variations" are also well known, and their inclusion on any disc of the harpsichord's "greatest hits" is de rigueur. Domenico Scarlatti's two "Sonatas in E major" are still brilliant, even at the lower tuning (A=415). The remaining works of this collection are perhaps less-widely heard, but each offers insights into both Pinnock's interpretive skills and the instrument's wealth of possibilities. Johann Caspar Fischer's plaintive "Passacaglia" and Joseph-Hector Fiocco's warm "Adagio" exploit the harpsichord's rich, harmonic sonorities, while Louis-Claude Daquin's "Le Coucou" shows off the instrument's secco timbre. Claude-Béninge Balbastre's character piece "La Suzanne" concludes the program in a striking display of contrasting moods and colorful harmonic changes.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0028941359124
catalogNumber: 413591
Rank: 136644


  1. Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.1, No.5 in E major ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), HWV 430: Fourth Movement: Air with 5 Variations, "Harmonio
  2. Passacaglia for harpsichord in D
  3. Second livre des pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: 6th Order, No 5, Les Baricades Mistérieuse
  4. Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7)
  5. Gavotte and Doubles (6), for harpsichord in A minor (Nouvelles suites)
  6. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 380 (L. 23) "Cortège"
  7. Sonata for keyboard in E major, K. 381 (L. 225)
  8. Adagio for harpsichord in G
  9. Le Coucou, rondeau for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin, Suite No. 3)
  10. Pièces de Clavecin, Book 1: No 12, "La Suzanne

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