Pour 2 clavecins
Old and new music for two harpsichords

with Vera Kochanowsky and Thomas MacCracken, harpsichords

Works of Bartók, Le Roux, Telemann, Jenkins, J. C. Bach, and Planyavsky

Recorded in May 1998 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Ellicott City, Maryland

Harpsichords by John Phillips, Berkeley, California, 1991, after Ruckers, 1646; and Willard Martin, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1981, after Blanchet.


Session producer: Tina Chancey
Engineer: Paul Bensel
Cover: harpsichord lids decorated by Pamela Gladding (left) and Oliver Debré (right)
Total playing time: 68:54


Contents

  • Bartók Béla (arr. Kochanowsky): Three Selections from Mikrokosmos
  • Gaspard Le Roux: Suite No. 5 in F major
  • Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto No. 1 in D major
  • Léonie Jenkins: The Elements (1986)
  • Johann Christian Bach (arr. Anon.): Quintet in D major, opus 11, no. 6
  • Peter Planyavsky: Quatre pièces pour 2 clavecins (1978)

About the Performers

Since the beginning of their collaboration as duo harpsichordists in 1994, Vera Kochanowsky and Thomas MacCracken have regularly included music from both the eighteenth and the twentieth centuries in their concerts. Their first recital featured the American premiere of Peter Planyavsky's Quatre pièces pour 2 clavecins, and they subsequently gave the first public performance of Léonie Jenkins' The Elements at a concert devoted to "The Harpsichord in the Twentieth Century and Beyond." Both works receive their debut recordings here.

Vera Kochanowsky is a graduate of the Oberlin and New England Conservatories and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stanford University, where she specialized in the performance practices of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Thomas MacCracken, an alumnus of Yale College, earned a doctorate in musicology from the University of Chicago and has also studied historical woodwind and keyboard instruments at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.



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