Music from the Age of Louis XV: the Taskin harpsichord

John Kitchen – uniquely familiar with Edinburgh’s internationally acclaimed collections of early keyboard instruments – turns his attention to the world’s most famous harpsichord, rarely recorded hitherto: the 1769 Pascal Taskin instrument now housed in the Raymond Russell Collection. It was during the reign of Louis XV that the harpsichord gained its greatest popularity in France, and this glorious 1769 instrument would have been a preferred choice for any composer of the epoch. Here its opulent lushness is captured in the ideal acoustics of Scotland’s oldest concert hall.


 "The 1769 Taskin harpischord, from Edinburgh University's Russell Collection, is a gem, resonant and entrancing. Unequal temperament pushes some intonation to its intriguing limit.’"


Recording venue(s): St Cecilia’s Hall, University of Edinburgh
Recording dates: 11-12 April 2012
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 19
Total playing time: 1:06:26
Album ID: DCD34112