Johann Sebastian Bach’s wonderful set of concertos for one, two, three and four harpsichords form one of the most important sets of works in the early development of the keyboard concerto. This recording brings together internationally acclaimed soloists performing on rare antique instruments. This three disc set features performances by Davitt Moroney, Karen Flint, Arthur Haas, JungHae Kim and Adam Pearl on harpsichords, Nina Stern and Daphna Mor , recorders, and Carla Moore violin; Martin Davids, violin; Amy Leonard, viola; Douglas McNames, cello; and Anne Peterson, bass.
Karen Flint has been Artistic Director and harpsichordist of Brandywine Baroque since it’s founding. She teaches harpsichord at the University of Delaware and has degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The University of Michigan. She has performed with the Delaware and Newark Symphonies, at The Smithsonian Institution as well as often accompanying Julianne Baird in recitals. Her newly released recordings include Vocal Duets and Trios by Handel, Boismortier Cello Sonatas, Oh! The Sweet Delights of Love, music by Purcell and The Lass with the Delicate Air, English songs (Plectra). With Julianne Baird she has recorded The Jane Austen Songbook and Music of Ben Franklin (Albany). A solo recording of Chambonnières Pièces de clavecin is soon to be released.
Arthur Haas, professor of harpsichord and early music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and on the faculty of Mannes College of Music, holds a master’s degree in historical musicology from UCLA and has studied with Bess Karp, Albert Fuller and Alan Curtis. He has been Artistic Director of the Amherst Early Music Festival since 2002, and is a member of the Aulos Ensemble and Musical Assembly. In 1975 he received top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord Competition. His debut in 1985 at Alice Tully Hall was highly praised by the New York Times. His recordings include Bach Goldberg Variation Canons, Suites for Two Harpsichords by LeRoux, Pièces de clavecin of D’Anglebert, Suites de clavecin of Forqueray, Music by Purcell, and Sonatas and Suites from Les Nations of Couperin. His recent CD, Elisabeth de La Guerre and François Couperin (Plectra’s Le Clavecin Français), has received much acclaim.
JungHae Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Master’s Degree from Oberlin Conservatory. She went on to study with Gustav Leonhardt and earned an Advanced Degree in Harpsichord at Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. She performs in California and throughout the United States with her group, Ensemble Mirable, and has performed with American Baroque, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Musica Angelica, Music's ReCreation, Agave Baroque, and the Britt Festival Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony and with New Century Chamber Orchestra.
Davitt Moroney has made over sixty CDs during the last thirty years, including Bach’s The Well tempered Clavier and other major keyboard works, Byrd’s complete keyboard works (7 CDs), and the complete harpsichord and organ music of L. Couperin (7 CDs). His recordings have been awarded the Grand Prix du Disque, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatenkritik, and three Gramophone Awards. The New York Times has said of his recordings: “Everything he touches comes up sparkling, constantly rewarding the alert ear.” His book Bach, An Extraordinary Life was published by ABRSM Publishing in 2000 and has been translated into seven languages. In 1987, he was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre du mérite culturel by Prince Rainier of Monaco and, in 2000, Officier des arts et des lettres by the French government. He studied organ and harpsichord with Susi Jeans, Kenneth Gilbert and Gustav Leonhardt and is Professor of Music and University Organist at the University of California, Berkeley.
Adam Pearl, recently appointed to the early music faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, also teaches at the Amherst and Madison Early Music workshops. He performs extensively as harpsichord soloist, and also with ensembles such as Tempesta di Mare, Opera Lafayette, Richmond Symphony, Catacoustic Consort and American Bach Soloists. As Co-Music Director for American Opera Theater, he has led performances of Venus & Adonis, Dido & Aeneas, La Calisto, La Didone, Charpentier's David et Jonathas, and Acis and Galatea. In August 2004 he won third prize at the international harpsichord competition in Bruges, Belgium.