Recording this Mount Everest of the harpsichord repertoire has been a personal ambition of mine for many years and this project is the culmination of two years' practising of the piece.
I am fortunate to live in a little church in Wiltshire which I have just finished converting, and which has the perfect acoustic for instrumental music. I am also going to be recording on my own Alan Gotto copy of a German harpsichord built during Bach’s lifetime. (original 1728 Christian Zell harpsichord in Hamburg Museum) so this is an intensely personal project.
Of course the Goldbergs are enduringly (and justifiably) popular and there are many recordings but there is always something new to discover and to say in this music. Bach left very few directions as to how the music was to have been played which is why every reading can be so characteristic of each performer. I am playing them on the harpsichord, rather than the piano, on which they are frequently heard, as there are clear indications in the score about using two keyboards and the music is so ideally suited to the timbre of the harpsichord and in expressing clarity in the part-writing.
I have made several recordings with Convivium Records and am delighted that they are as excited about this project as I am. Nowadays of course, outside funding has to be sought for worthwhile projects of this nature. I hope my friends, colleagues and supporters will agree - I would be so grateful if you would consider supporting me.
Please watch my film (above) for some more detail about the recording and a chance to hear a taster of the music as it sounds in my church. There are also some rewards that I would be delighted to fulfil for you if you support me.
Thank you so much