The two harpsichords used for the performance were on loan from Byron Will and a client of his (sorry, can't remember her name).
They are nice Flemish two-manual instruments that must be quite heavy (all that marble, you know). I caught the photo below of Mr. Will in his natural environment during intermission.
The show started off with a few comments by Mr. Koopman before they dived right in and started playing.
The program was interesting and I even enjoyed the d'Anglebert played by Ms. Mathot (this helped further diminish my historic bias against early French music) and Mr. Koopman ran through the Bruna on his own.
- Bach: Preludium and Fuga in C Major, BWV 547 for two harpsichords
- Bruna: Tiento sobre la letanía de la Virgen in G Minor
- Mozart: Fuga in C Minor, KV 426 for two harpsichords
- Mozart: Sonata in D, KV 381 for two harpsichords
- d’Anglebert: Deuxième Suite (G Minor) for harpsichord
- Soler: Concierto in D Major for two harpsichords
- Bach: Sonata No. 5 for violin and harpsichord, Monica Huggett, violin; Ton Koopman, harpsichord
- Bach: Five Contrapuncti from “The Art of Fugue,” BWV 1080 for two harpsichords
It was also nice to see a harpcishord/violin duet with Monica Huggett, Concertmaster of Portland Baroque Orchestra, though I would have preferred some nice viola da gamba.
It was an interesting evening. My only concern was centered on the mean age of attendees (rough guess: 60). More on this later.
Until next time...