The Contemporary Harpsichord

Mark Kroll (harpsichord), Fenwick Smith (flute), Carol Lieberman (violin)

Catalog #: TROY0668
Release Date: June 1, 2004
Format: Digital

Mark Kroll writes: "Composers began writing new music for the harpsichord almost as soon as the instrument was rescued from extinction at the end of the 19th century. In fact, their contributions have played an important role in returning the harpsichord to its rightful place in the musical mainstream. The number of compositions has grown dramatically since those early days - and so has the quality. Each new work seems to exploit the unique sonorities of the instrument with ever increasing skill and sensitivity, and the contemporary repertoire now features excellent harpsichord music by almost every great composer of our time. American composers have been particularly enthusiastic advocates for the instrument. Six of them are represented on my first CD of contemporary American harpsichord music for Albany Records (TROY 457). This recording continues my exploration and support of this repertoire, and features some of the most exciting new contributions to the genre. All except the Hovhaness have been written in the last 25 years, and three belong to the first harpsichord pieces of the 21st century.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
The Seve Faces of Fernando Robert Starer Mark Kroll, harpsichord
Fantasia Peter Child Mark Kroll, harpsichord
Fanfares for Solo Harpsichord Ronald Caltabiano Mark Kroll, harpsichord
Le tombeau du petit prince Alvin Singleton Mark Kroll, harpsichord
Fantasia Impromptu Gunther Schuller Fenwick Smith, flute, Mark Kroll, harpsichord
Suite for Violin and Harpsichord Theodore Antoniou Carol Lieberman, violin, Mark Kroll, harpsichord
Duet for Violin and Harpsichord Alan Hovhaness Carol Lieberman, violin, Mark Kroll, harpsichord

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