World-renowned harpsichord virtuoso Christophe Rousset explores the remarkable richness of Baroque harpsichord music in two special concerts that showcase the magnificent instruments preserved in Edinburgh’s own St Cecilia’s Hall Museum.
Selecting outstanding instruments from the splendours of the museum’s collection – some more than 400 years old, and often as spectacular to look at as they are to listen to – Rousset performs music that historically may have been played on them, revealing how developments in instrument design and in musical style are often interlinked.
For his second recital, on Friday 23 August, Rousset selects two instruments from the museum’s remarkable collection for a recital of Purcell, Louis Couperin, Rameau, Balbastre and Royer. As well as a single-keyboard harpsichord made in London by Thomas Barton in 1709, he performs on Pascal Taskin’s Parisian double-keyboard harpsichord from 1769, an instrument that has spawned countless copies and is widely admired as probably the world’s most famous harpsichord.
Christophe Rousset Harpsichord
Music by Purcell, Couperin, Rameau, Balbastre and Royer