Compare Five Different
Hubbard & Broekman Harpsichords
in the Comfort of Your Living Room
For those who would like to hear
the different sonorities of Hubbard & Broekman
instruments, we call your attention to the compact
disk The Virtuoso Scarlatti listed in the CD
section of this site (CD-001). In this unusual disk, Igor Kipnis has
recorded 15 Scarlatti sonatas for harpsichord using
five different Hubbard & Broekman copies of
original instruments: A French 18th century double
manual after Taskin, a Flemish 18th century double
manual after Dulcken, a German 18th century double
manual after Hass, an Italian harpsichord based on
17th century prototypes and an 18th century English
Bentside Spinet after Baker Harris.
What is special about this disk is
that all of the instruments are played by the same
artist in the same acoustical environment and are
expertly recorded by the same Chesky technicians.
This truly is a unique accomplishment and one that
enables you to now directly compare five of our
instruments in your own home.
The disk is accompanied by very
informative and entertaining notes by Professor
Cedric D. Reverand describing Scarlatti's works, the
milieu in which they were composed and the
instruments on which they are here played by Kipnis.
As for Igor Kipnis, his 6
"Grammy" nominations, 3 "Record of the
Year" awards from Stereo Review, and Keyboard
magazines' readers polls naming him "Best
Harpsichordist" in 1978, 1979 and 1980 and
"Best Classical Keyboardist" in 1982 and
1986, in addition to his numerous other awards, speak
for themselves. The disc has had excellent reviews in
major magazines both with regard to the performance
and the technical aspects of the recording.