Bizarre or baRock / Elizabeth Anderson, harpsichord.
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||Winter's shadow (1983) for harpsichord and wind chimes||Mary Mageau||Elizabeth Anderson||3 mins, 44 sec.|
||Cycles-1 (1978) for harpsichord solo||Lawrence Whiffin||Elizabeth Anderson||3 mins, 59 sec.|
Also includes: Ragtime ; Blues for Harpsichord / Palmer -- Scarborough Fair (Trad.) -- Leyenda: Asturias / Albéniz -- Small Prelude in c minor / Bach -- The Lyre of Orpheus / Dandrieu -- The Cuckoo / Daquin -- Chocolate Bunnies / Angle -- Hungarian Rock / Ligeti -- A New Ground / Purcell -- The Harmonious Blacksmith / Handel -- Eleanor Rigby / Lennon/McCartney -- Danza Ostinata / Albright -- Batalha / Conceição -- Nine Rarebits / Brown -- Sonata in d minor / Scarlatti -- Sonata in a minor / Scarlatti -- I Got Rhythm / Gershwin.
'Barock' is a German word which originally meant 'bizarre'. It
was not until early in the 20th century that the word 'Barock'
was used in Germany to describe the music of Bach's time.
When Sir Charles Burney first used it in his German Tour diary (1733), he explained that it meant 'coarse and uncouth', much as writers then used the word 'Gothic'. In architecture, the word 'Barock' was applied from about 1867 to the highly-decorated style of the 17th and 18th centuries in Austria and Germany. Therefore, to apply the term Baroque (French/English spelling) with all its shades of meaning is to extend the boundaries of Baroque music far beyond the dates which have traditionally been set for it.
This CD explores Baroque harpsichord music across four centuries: ranging from Conceição's raw 17th century battle piece, through to traditional Baroque repertoire by Bach , Handel and Scarlatti, to Jazz, Blues, Gershwin and the Beatles accompanied by drums and bass.
After the release of the highly acclaimed Goldberg Variations (Soundscapes Editor's Choice, November 1996) and highly successful European and Japanese tours, Anderson said: "I felt like doing something WILD!"
"Elizabeth Anderson's harpsichord extravaganza should be a candidate for best Australian CD of 1997 ... It all tastes delicious."
- Bruce Gillespie,
"There is not a weak point on the disc."
- Herald Sun
"Vivacious Melbourne keyboard virtuoso Elizabeth Anderson plays the hottest, hippest harpsichord in the world today."
- Sunday Herald Sun
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