Music from Magnatune: Steven Devine and the English Harpsichord

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January
2010

Steven Devine (photo: John Buckman, courtesy of Magnatune)

Here’s a lovely recording found over at magnatune.com, a terrific download-only site with plenty of early music and, in particular, North American musicians.

There are, however, a handful of soloists and ensembles based elsewhere.

Steven Devine is an English harpsichordist and director with a reputation as a world-class musician. He’s also a great champion of keyboard music from 18th-century England, a repertoire he performs with command and a sense of flair.

His 2007 release, “Portrait of an English Harpsichord,” is performed on an original instrument, a 1756 Kirckman harpsichord from the Finchcocks Collection. Violinist Catherine Martin joins Steven in pieces by Joseph Gibbs and Thomas Gladwin.

The recording is worth having in your collection. Click on any track to play:

Portrait of an English Harpsichord by Steven Devine

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