Music review: Keyboard Concertos 3, St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh

To hear Bach played on an instrument from the world-class collection at St Cecilia’s Hall offers a privileged glimpse into how the composer’s music might have sounded at the time.

Keyboard Concertos 3, St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh
Keyboard Concertos 3, St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh

Keyboard Concertos 3, St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh * * * * *

For the latest concert in the series, Masato Suzuki was fortunate to be playing one of the finest harpsichords in the world, the 1769 double manual Taskin.

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Its pellucid warmth sharpened by the percussive tinkle of the plucked strings were beautifully articulated by Suzuki together with the Dunedin Concert in Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in G minor. The musicians might start in unison, but the harpsichord quickly follows its own richly ornamented path especially in the slow movement.

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Suzuki took full advantage of the opportunity to show off the full extent of the Taskin’s bright tonal colours with his dazzling account of Bach’s virtuosic Italian Concerto for solo harpsichord.