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Bernhard Klapprott: All Lust und Frewdt - The Clavicytherium of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
Composed by Anonymous, Carl van der Hoeven, Heinrich Pfendner, Jacob Hassler, Valentin Dretzel, Christian Erbach (1570-1635), Jacob Paix (1556-1623), and Johann Staden (1581-1634). Classical. CD. Naxos #AE10174. Published by Naxos (NX.AE10174).
Item Number: NX.AE10174
For the first time the large clavicytherium of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Nuremberg) - a kind of vertical harpsichord built by an anonymous German master during the late sixteenth century - is recorded here on album. The present instrument is undoubtedly a pinnacle of the art of instrument making, with unusual timbres and an astonishingly complex action. Bernhard Klapprott, a former pupil of Bob van Asperen and today Professor of Harpsichord in Weimar, has selected appropriate music for this rare instrument: to be heard are delicate polyphonic works as well as full-voiced adaptations of popular songs of the time by South-German composers such as Hassler, Erbach, Paix, and Staden. The unique instrument and the special repertoire are described in detail in the extensive booklet. In addition, Bernhard Klapprott explains the special background of the historical ornamentation employed.