Jan Sanders van Hemessen girl playing the clavichord Girl playing Harpsichord

A Tale of Two Pictures

Being tremendously active in the comment section of my YouTube channel, adding lots and lots of information, Steven Foss said yes to my question why not bundle his energy for some blog posts on the website. And so you’ll find more or less weekly interesting stories, as this one talking on Jan Sanders van Hemessen (1500-1563) who painted “Young Woman at Clavichord” circa 1530 in Antwerp. Enjoy!

Otto Klemperer: Closer to Bach Than We Think?

Otto Klemperer: Closer to Bach Than We Think?

Otto Klemperer, one of the greatest conductors of all time, but a name we never connect to an ‘authentic’ performance, certainly not of Bach, where a name as Ton Koopman does ring a bell. But is Klemperer really off track in all aspects? Let’s skip a b/w discussion here and see what happens if we compare the last choir of Bach’s Matthaus Passion with a version of Ton Koopman.

Pachelbel Cut Into Grooves!

Pachelbel Cut Into Grooves!

My recording of Pachelbel’s Hexachordum Apollinis will be available from May 2d in presale. And since Mr Pachelbel will be available both digitally and in analog format, the beautiful variations needed to be cut (that’s how it’s called) into a lacquer or cupper plate (DMM).
Join us on our trip to Haarlem, to Record Industry, Europe’s largest pressing plant, to see with your own eyes the moment that, in a way, is the official birth of Authentic Sound as a recording label.

How fast Haydn really played

How Fast Haydn really Played – A Unique Source!

Joseph Haydn is a composer that often is played with crispness and speed. But is that really so? In this video I share with you a unique contemporary source that will nail you to the ground (for a moment).

Beethoven, Piano Sonata n°3 (1) in Czerny's tempo : Wim Winters, clavichord

Beethoven, Piano Sonata n°3 (1) in Czerny’s tempo : Wim Winters, clavichord

“Beethoven Like You’ve Never Heard Before”, as the title of a popular Beethoven video goes. Perhaps it’s true for this version as well. His Pianosonata n°3, Opus 10/3 in C Major, played according to what Carl Czerny (and Ignaz Moscheles) gave as their tempi.