Video: Exploring ‘Robert Hill Live’



Apropos of a recent Harmonia Podcast, American harpsichordist Robert Hill apparently has his own YouTube channel (‘earlymus’), a veritable treasure trove of live performances from the last couple of years.

He plays on a gamut of early keyboards—harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano, virginals, lute-harpsichord—and modern piano(!).

There are eighty performances in all, mostly J.S. Bach, yet plenty of other early composers are included, from Antonio de Cabezón to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as well as 20th-century composers György Ligeti and Bohuslav Martinů).

I know of no other early keyboard specialist with an equivalent online representation of live performances. It is a wondrous collection of dynamic concerts and an inspiring resource to boot.

Here are three videos of Hill playing what must be his favorite composer:

  • J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 870, WTC II, no. 1 (Robert Hill, harpsichord)

  • J.S. Bach: Concerto in A major, BWV 1055, III. Allegro ma non tanto (Robert Hill, fortepiano Cristofori, and il Gusto Barocco: Das neue Stuttgarter Barock-Ensemble, Jörg Halubek, dir.)

  • J. S. Bach: Fugue in D major, BWV 874, WTC II, no. 5 (Robert Hill, harpsichord)

(Many thanks to Robert Hill for letting me know about his YouTube channel and for sharing so many wonderful performances.)

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