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Convict Harpsichordist


The Convict Harpsichordist / Elizabeth Anderson

  • Published by Move Records [MD3242] — 1 CD
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MBS 'CD of the Week' Starting 15th March 2004!

John Grant, frustrated in love, shot a London lawyer in the buttock and was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey. Granted a reprieve, he arrived at Sydney Cove in 1804, bringing with him Australia's first harpsichord. But what music did he play? Find out on Elizabeth Anderson's new Move CD, The Convict Harpsichordist!

With a bonus CD-ROM video section (over 18 minutes) featuring the John Grant story told in words and music, a comprehensive illustrated historical booklet and a newly commissioned work, Ron Nagorcka's This Beauteous Wicked Place (a work symbilosing the reconciliation of two cultures) this recording is for early music and Australian history buffs alike.


Track Listing

Sonatas in F minor, K 386 and 387 (Domenico Scarlatti)
Sonata No. 10 in D major (Pietro Domenico Paradies)
Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D major, BWV 893 (Bach)
Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV 884 (Bach)
Suite No. 5 in E major (Handel)
Sonatas in E major, K 380 and 381 (Domenico Scarlatti)
Sonatas in D major, K 32 and 33 (Domenico Scarlatti)
Sonatas in C minor, R 18 and 19 (Padre Antonio Soler)
Variations on Ah vous dirai-je Maman (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) (Mozart)
This Beauteous Wicked Place (Ron Nagorcka)


Press Quotes

“There is much to like in this release ... recorded very well ... magnificent playing ... excellent balance of works ...”

— Barnaby Ralph, Early Music, UK

“a welcome mix ... a pleasing change from the usual single-composer discs ... a fascinating disc.”

— Clifford Bartlett, Early Music Review, UK

“Anderson is in top form ... her playing calls that of Wanda Landowska to mind - and praise doesn't get much higher than this ...”

The West Australian

“an innovative idea and presentation ... Elizabeth Anderson's playing is energetic and sprightly: in both the flavour and spirit of the story as portrayed ... An ideal Christmas gift, even for yourself.”

— Neville Olliffe, Early Music News

“This attractive keyboard performance ... brings to life a marvellous episode in early Australian history ... The true-life anti-hero was convict John Grant, and Elizabeth Anderson's CD does his memory proud.”

— Philip Gore, Good Medicine / Your Destiny

“entertaining ... Elizabeth Anderson engagingly performs a selection of music Grant may well have played on his harpsichord ... **** (4 stars)

— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide

“playing is superb ... a highlight of the [2003] year.”

— Michael Easton, Herald Sun

“accomplished and clearly voiced.”

— Clive O'Connell, The Age

“[Anderson's] deft fingerwork, wonderful control of the rhythms, dynamics and nuances of this lovely music are models of refinement and elegance ... a most agreeable sound ... splendidly recorded.”

— John Barns, 3MBS FM Libretto

“In years of reviewing compact discs, many of the highest quality, I have never encountered so satisfying a product as this MOVE CD. For quality of content, fullness of liner notes with accompanying illustrations as well as a fascinating CD-ROM visual component. This is a product that ought to be recognised as the model it is; it deserves the very highest praise.”

— Neville Cohn, OzArts Review

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