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Duration 1h 06m 23s
Record Label early-music.com
Release Date January 20, 2017
Genre Classical

Orpheus Descending

Mark Edwards

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Fantasia chromatica in Dorian mode, SwWV 258
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; Mark Edwards
Toccata in G Major
Johann Adam Reincken; Mark Edwards
Passacaglia in D Minor
Johann Caspar Kerll; Mark Edwards
Partita No. 20 in D Major, FbWV 620, "Meditation sur ma mort future"
Johann Jacob Froberger; Mark Edwards
Musicalischer Parnassus, Suite No. 9 "Uranie"  
IX. Passacaglia
Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer; Mark Edwards
Hexachordum Apollinis  
Aria Sebaldina in F Minor
Johann Pachelbel; Mark Edwards
Musicalische Vorstellung einiger biblischer Historien, "Biblical Sonatas"  
Sonata No. 2, "Saul malinconico e tratullato per mezzo della Musica"
Johann Kuhnau; Mark Edwards
Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004  
V. Chaconne (arr. by M. Edwards for Harpsichord based on Busoni's arrangement for Piano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Ferruccio Busoni; Mark Edwards; Mark Edwards
Duration    1h 06m 23s
Award-winning Canadian keyboardist Mark Edwards turned to fans and supporters to crowdfund his debut solo album Orpheus Descending, based on the story of mythological singer and lute player Orpheus. Edwards demonstrates the musical, expressive and communicative possibilities of the harpsichord on this collection of some of his favourite German and Dutch keyboard pieces, including his own transcription of a violin chaconne by J.S. Bach. "As much as I love harpsichord music, there's no escaping the fact that it can sometimes be difficult, abstract and rather inaccessible ... for this project, I've chosen to focus on the music's potential for narrative. I've decided to base the CD on the story of Orpheus ... the story tells of his descent into the underworld to rescue his recently departed wife, Eurydice. Not only was this tale well known in the 17th and 18th centuries, it still makes for a compelling story today. Love, mortality, the power of music ... it's full of elements we can all relate to ... ultimately, I want this CD to open up audiences to new ways of listening to the harpsichord: not as a dry relic of the past, but as a medium for powerful, visceral storytelling in the present!" - Mark Edwards
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