Justin Taylor harpsichord
Music by F. Couperin, Duphly and A. & J.-B. Forqueray
This is a very good programme – music by Antoine (including the player’s transcription of a suite originally for three viols) and Jean-Baptiste (including tributes to Couperin and Rameau) and tributes from Couperin and Duphly. The instrument is a Ruckers/Hemsch (1636/1763) copy and very good it sounds, especially in the lower registers which are always crucial for Forqueray. Justin Taylor is a Bruges laureate and it is easy to see/hear why.
Not only is his basic technique rock solid, but the embellishments – when and how fast to spread a chord, for instance – are all unerringly judged. From time to time the sheer resonance of the instrument gets the better of the microphones and the booklet is only just better than basic (we need more specific and detailed information about the instrument, for example), but there’s a lot of listening pleasure here.