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- Catalogue No.: CD-16312
- Artist: Catalina Vicens
Catalina Vicens - Harpsichord (Naples, 1525)
This new album of harpsichordist Catalina Vicens is a unique, multifaceted musical and poetic project. First, it features the world’s oldest playable harpsichord, a priceless treasure that dwells today in the National Music Museum of Vermillion, SD. She plays music from Naples, Italy from around 1525, the year when the instrument that she plays was actually built in Naples. Secondly, Ms Vicens conceived an imaginary tale of the life and story of that very instrument, partly based on historical facts, partly on poetic inspiration emerging from her encounter with this priceless treasure of a historical harpsichord. The CD comes with a free audiobook download of that same story, narrated by Ms Vicens herself and accompanied with original music from the CD.
Excellent performance and storytelling
As I had greatly enjoyed her "Parthenia", I was eager to her Ms. Vicens' new project. It is a welcome success indeed. Her playing style makes me think of romance, passion, a life fully felt and lived. Her accompanying story is also engrossing. The sound quality I expect with a Carpe Diem recording is very high as usual. Bravo!
Historic harpsichord brought to life
Catalina Vixens brings to life the full rich sound of this historic harpsichord. Her playing is full of poetry, dance, eloquence and fire. The audiobook is a nice touch too.