J.S. Bach's Harpsichord Concerti
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Many music lovers are less familiar with J.S. Bach's harpsichord concerti. A talented player himself, these works reveal a tangible sense of joy and love of the instrument.
An important instrument in Renaissance
music, the harpsichord is a keyboard instrument that produces sound by 'plucking' a string when a key is pressed. They are often recognizable for their wing-shape and distinctive tone (produced by the plucked string, which is quite different from the modern piano).
This recording beautifully demonstrates Bach's delight in this wonderful instrument. Performing on the harpischord is Richard Egarr, a British keyboard player and conductor who has worked with all kinds of keyboard instruments, from the organ and early harpsichords to the modern piano.
If, like Richard Egarr, you're intriguied by the sheer variety of keyboard works, read our listening guide or, if you don't know your keys from your percussion, try our guide to the orchestra.