“Astonishingly beautiful, even glittering, harpsichord playing and sound.”
—BBC Music Magazine
The Yale School of Music presents a solo harpsichord recital by the conductor and keyboardist Masaaki Suzuki on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 5 pm at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).
photo by Marco Borggreve
Since joining the Yale faculty in 2009, Suzuki has won over New Haven audiences with his conducting of Yale Schola Cantorum as well as Bach Collegium Japan, the ensemble he founded over twenty years ago. He also performs regularly on both harpsichord and organ. In this recital, he will play music from France, England, and Germany, with compositions by Louis Couperin (the uncle of the better-known François Couperin), William Byrd, Jakob Froberger, Dietrich Buxtehude, and – Suzuki’s specialty – Johann Sebastian Bach.
The program opens with Couperin’s Suite in A minor and Passacaille in C major, followed by Byrd’s Ninth Pavane and Gaillarde, from My Ladye Nevells Booke. Suzuki will then play Froberger’s Partita No. 12 in C major, “Lamento sopra la dolorosa,” and Buxtehude’s Prelude in G minor. He will close the program with two works by Bach: the Prelude and Fugue in E-flat minor, BWV 853, and the Partita No. 6 in E minor.
The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances such as this one in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery. Masaaki Suzuki will play two of the Collection’s harpsichords: a Flemish instrument made by Andreas Ruckers in Antwerp around 1640, and an “expressive double” made in Paris by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder around 1740 (pictured at right).