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15 April 2008: Le grand clavecin français, Mitzi Myerson, USA, harpsichord, Estonia Concerthall, Tallinn

Mitzi Myerson is quite rightly internationally very well known and well recorded. In this concert she played an essentially French programme where some of the pieces are rightly very well known. The concert presented a key selection of pieces by Couperin, D'Anglebert, Balbastre (whose work I personally do not know) and Forqueray. However, I was sadly not able to attend the concert due to commitments in Latvia. I did check on her list of CDs which is in excess of fifty and very exciting and would suggest the purchase of all of these by those who can afford it!

The concert, I am told, was sold out and very exciting. At the interval a string broke and had to be replaced and broke again. The result was that she only played the Forqueray after the interval. My informant tells me that 'it was a fantastic concert, she plays with such energy, freedom and somewhat real baroque elegance'. It so happens that she did not play the Balbastre piece which I was curious about but, oh, I wish I had been there!

Mitzi Myerson. Photo © 2008 Imbi Tarum
Mitzi Myerson. Photo © 2008 Imbi Tarum

16 April 2008: masterclass by Mitzi Myerson, USA, harpsichord

Mitzi Myerson was due to give masterclasses which would have been fascinating to attend and since I was not present I cannot comment. And in doing this she completed the exciting programme that covered masterclasses for the clavichord, the harpsichord and fortepiano and some very significant concerts.

I look forward to seeing the programme for the festival in 2010.

Copyright © 1 May 2008 Peter G Howell, Shropshire UK




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