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Instruments from the Russell Collection

Delphian’s first release: a stunning recital on a variety of keyboards from Edinburgh’s venerated musical museum. Repertoire includes works by Byrd, Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Greene, Couperin and Forqueray. Photographs and descriptions of all nine instruments enhance the booklet. An essential purchase for early keyboard enthusiasts worldwide.

"a recital that is both entertaining and instructive"

"I have had much enjoyment from this disc and happily recommend it, not only to lovers of old keyboard instruments, but also on account of the music, which includes a number of striking and unusual items. The booklet gives a history (and a photograph) of each instrument and notes on the music. The recording, admirably clear and with a natural sound, is excellently managed."

"Kitchen shows them at their best in performances of Bach, Couperin, Clementi and others."

"Nine instruments from one of the world’s most impressive collections of early keyboard instruments featured on one CD is indeed a treat. To have them played by the Liberace of the keyboard, John Kitchen, is simply the icing on the cake."


"The CD amply displays Kitchen’s talents across the range of instruments and repertoire and makes fascinating listening for early keyboard enthusiasts."


"Delphian has produced a valuable record of an important keyboard collection, which will serve both as a memento for visitors and a record of the instrument for players and instrument makers."

"One of the keys to the success of this sort of encyclopaedic recording is the choice of repertoire, and an intriguing selection of familiar and very unfamiliar repertoire demands undivided attention, while superlative performances make this a thoroughly rewarding enterprise."


Producer: Kevin Findlan
Venue: St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh
Recording Dates: 15 and 18 December 2000
Release Date: 17 April 2001
Catalogue No: DCD34001
Total playing time: 1:15:53

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