Wim, I’ll never get tired of hearing you play. Even pieces I’m not particularly fond of come to life in a new way when you play them
Absolutely stunning performance – the best I have heard!
An amazing performance of an amazing piece by an amazing and talented man. Absolutely beautiful Mr. Winters
Congratulations Wim, and Anja, you have given me and so many others hours of viewing and listening enjoyment ,as well as widening my musical education- Thank you from the wilds of Northern Herefordshire, and long may you continue!
On the instrument used in the recording
My instrument is an unfretted clavichord, built by the Belgian organ/clavichord builder Joris Potvlieghe in the Saxon style, very close to what Friederici would do, one of the most important historical clavichord builders.
Saxony was one of the great areas of German music, much related to the Bach family. It is difficult to date this instrument, since so few unfretted clavichords of the first half of the 18th c. are preserved (or few were built, I believe it was a costly, elite instrument back then), but it is safe to say that the clavichord I own could be dated as a reflection of what was available around 1745-1765.
Building a good clavichord is an extremely difficult task for an instrument builder. Not only for the ones we know today, but it must have always been the case. J. Adlung, one of the most important sources on instrument building, and acquainted with J.S. Bach, wrote in 1726 that even an exceptional builder cannot guarantee the outcome of an instrument. And that the cheaper instruments are not better than to lit a fire with to bake fish upon… This all adds to the mysterious qualities of that seductive instrument that, once it has the power of its performer, opens a world that sometimes appears to be a new dimension, even a new universe. I hope you feel that with me….!