BACH: ITAL­IAN CON­CERTO, FRENCH OVER­TURE AND OTHER WORKS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DERVAN

Steven Devine (harp­si­chord)

Chan­dos Cha­conne CHAN 0802 The Ital­ian Con­certo, French Over­ture and Chro­matic Fan­ta­sia and Fugue are among Bach’s great­est key­board works. Steven Devine of­fers them in the com­pany of two less well-known pieces, the early Aria vari­ata ‘alla maniera italiana’ and a fiveminute Fan­ta­sia, BWV906, that is miss­ing its fugue. The short Fan­ta­sia is tautly com­pressed, and the vari­a­tions are fas­ci­nat­ing to com­pare and con­trast with the great Gold­bergs, Bach’s only other set of vari­a­tions for harp­si­chord. Steven Devine plays with drive and flex­i­bil­ity, though the record­ing of his in­stru­ment (a copy by Colin Booth of a 1710 sin­gle man­ual harp­si­chord by Jo­hann Christof Fleis­cher) may be too close for some tastes. url.ie/f1f2

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