Terence Charlston explores sixteenth-
and seventeenth-century French keyboard music through the touch and
sound of the clavichord in his new recording for Divine Art Records (dda
25134). Despite modern players and makers attaching little importance
to the role of the clavichord in the development of French keyboard
music, the instrument was highly valued within late-renaissance culture
and continued to be used by musicians into the seventeenth century and
later. The album contains one
piece (the well known Toccata in C by Sweelinck) which was not written
in France but was popular there.
Charlston recorded this historic program of keyboard works on a reconstruction of the clavichord described in Marin Mersenne’s Harmonie Universelle.
Peter Bavington built the clavichord, using Mersenne’s text and
accompanying engraving as a guide. Bavington studied early keyboard
instrument making and restoration at the London College of Furniture
(now London Metropolitan University) and later earned his Higher
National Diploma in Musical Instrument Technology. His customers have
included the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and
Drama and the Hochschule der Künste Berlin.
Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, Terence Charlston
enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, director, teacher
and academic researcher. He can be heard on nearly 100 commercial CDs
playing all manner of historical keyboards including virginal,
clavichord and fortepiano. He was a member of London Baroque from 1995
until 2007 and is a core member of the ensemble Florilegium. He has
recently recorded with the Magdalena Consort and is a member of The
Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments. He was a Patron and Guest
Director of the Lancashire Sinfonietta from 2009 until 2015.
authority on English and continental Baroque keyboard music, he has
been responsible for many pioneering concerts, recordings and editions.
As a respected advocate of early keyboard instruments within the
educational sphere, he has taught harpsichord and basso continuo at the
Royal Academy of Music in London since 1989 and founded its Department
of Historical Performance in 1995. He joined the staff of the Royal
College of Music, London as professor of harpsichord in 2007, and in
2009 he was appointed Visiting Fellow in Harpsichord at the Royal
Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he is now International
Visiting Tutor in Harpsichord.
The recording will be released this November.
Labels: Divine Art Recordings Group, Terence Charlston