Richard Lester has been at the centre of early keyboard music for fifty years. This present programme takes the listener on a tour of keyboard works from a number of great European composers from Italy, Spain, France and Austria spanning the mid sixteenth to the late nineteenth centuries. Richard Lester's large discography for Nimbus Records also includes the complete keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, the majority of Girolamo Frescobaldi’s keyboard works on original instruments, organ masses by Girolamo Cavaonni, Andrea Gabrieli and Claudio Merulo, sonatas by Carlos Seixas, Antonio Soler, Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He has also compiled and edited an edition of Italian Renaissance keyboard works which includes a DVD on early fingering and ornamentation plus a CD demonstrating works by composers associated with St Mark’s in Venice: also published and available from Nimbus. [NMP1015, NI5931]


A Musical Journey around EuropeRichard Lester: Harpsichord and Fortepianowith Elizabeth Lester: Renaissance recorder
1 Luzzaschi, Luzzasco (c.1545-1607) Toccata del Quarto Tuono 1.46
2-3 Frescobaldi, Girolamo (1583-1643) * Canzona III 2.57 Canzona I 3.10
4 Merulo, Claudio (1533-1604) Toccata Prima Primo Tuono 4.17 5 Sweelinck, Jan Pieterzoon (1562-1621) Variations on ‘Mein junges Leben hat ein End’ 6.21 6 Froberger, Jacob Johann (1614-1667) Toccata III 3.05 7 Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Toccata in D major BWV 912 10.47 8-9 Couperin, Louis (c.1626-1661) La Piémontoise 1.59 Passacaille in C 5.34
10-11 Couperin, François (1688-1733) Soeur Monique 3.55 Les Barricades Mystérieuses 3.11 12 Handel, George Friderick (1685-1759) Air and variations (Harmonious Blacksmith) 4.3313 Scarlatti, Domenico (1685-1757) Sonata in G major K. 146 2.37 14 Seixas, Carlos (1704-1742) Sonata No. 25 in G minor 2.01 15 Paradies, Domenico (1707-1791) Toccata in A major 1.48
16-18 Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809) Sonata in D major Hob. XVI:37 7.51 I Allegro con brio 3.18 II Largo e sostenuto 1.49 III Presto ma non troppo 2.44 19-20 Soler, Padre Antonio (1729-1783) Sonata in G R. 45 2.03 Sonata in D R. 15 2.18 21 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Variations on ‘Ah vous dirai-je, Maman’ K. 265 9.11


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