J.S. Bach in the Italian Style is leading Auckland early music specialist, harpsichordist and organist James Tibbles, new harpsichord CD. In the early part of the 20th Century, Harpsichord music made a resurgence in popularity leading to more and more makers seeking to copy extant instruments. In particular it was the Italian style that was the most popular. This selection of works from JS Bach showcase the style brilliantly (although not all works are in the Italian style given the inevitable German influences from the composer).
All works are for solo harpsichord except for the concerto in C for 2 Harpsichords performed with Jenny Thomas. The addition of this track gives another interesting angle to the CD.
The album is performed on Paul Downie's spectacular copy of Christian Zell's 1728 two-manual instrument.
1-3 Toccata in D
4-9 Capriccio sopra la lontananza
10 Fantasia in a minor
11-13 Italian Concerto
14 Fugue in a minor
15 Goldberg aria
16-18 Concerto in C for 2 harpsichords*
* with Jenny Thomas