TWO FACES OF GENIUSSolo Keyboard Works in the Italian and French Styles
Johann Sebastian Bach
LINDA BURMAN-HALL, harpsichord
"... its easy to praise this new disc by Linda Burman-Hall. She is technically skilled, as we hear in her bravura performance...She plays the familiar concerto...with zest and with a lyricism that makes one want to sing as well as dance... Her rhythms are secure, her tempos perfect, and she manages everywhere to demonstrate the joy of Bach's melodies. This is an excellent addition to the vast canon of recordings of Bach's keyboard music."
FANFARE, MAY/JUNE 2004
"...this is one of those recordings whose intent transcends simple enjoyment...Burman-Hall can let loose staggering feats of virtuosity...her stormy performance of the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue [is] seething with ferocious improvisational energy."
GRAMOPHONE, FEBRUARY 2004
"[An] attractive program...The performances shine...[because of] her excellently conceived and executed ornamentation and virtuoso additional passagework - the lightning fast 16th notes she adds...in the Concerto's third movement...are the most memorable...Burman-Hall is an exciting and imaginative artist"
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, MARCH/APRIL 2004
"...another outstanding release on MSR Classics...Burman-Hall gives vital, energetic, and insightful performances..."
ATLANTA AUDIO SOCIETY, APRIL 2004
PROGRAM NOTESHarpsichordist Linda Burman-Hall is best known as a performer of historic keyboard works, and has appeared at such noteworthy venues as the Berkeley Early Music Festival, Aston Magna & the American Musicological Society. In addition, she is the Artistic Director of the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival and Lux Musica, an ensemble dedicated to 17th & 18th century repertoire. In “Two Faces of Genius” Ms. Burman-Hall explores Bach’s use of both Italian & French styles in his solo keyboard music, delivering insightful performances of this influential Baroque keyboard literature.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Chromatische Fantasie und Fugue
Concerto nach Italienischen Gusto
Ouverture nach Franzoesischer Art