He was born in 's-Graveland, North Holland and studied organ and harpsichord from 1947 to 1950 with Eduard Müller at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. In 1950, he made his debut as a harpsichordist in Vienna, where he studied musicology. He was professor of harpsichord at the Academy of Music from 1952 to 1955 and at the Amsterdam Conservatory from 1954. He was also a church organist.wiki
Der Italiener Ernesto Köhler (1849-1907) war ab 1871 als Flötist am Kaiserlichen Ballett tätig. 1900 wurde er offiziell zum ersten Flötisten der Kaiserlichen Oper benannt, eine der begehrtesten Positionen im Zarenreich. In St. Petersburg hatte er Gelegenheit, sich zunehmend der Komposition zu widmen. …
hristophe Rousset's first recording for Aparte, devoted to Louis Couperin, was received enthusiastically by public and critics alike and collected many distinctions in the international press, including a BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Choice. Since then he has continued to delight and excel both as harpsichordist and as director of Les Talens Lyriques. Now at the peak of his maturity, the artist presents Bach' musical testament: the Well-Tempered Clavier. Written 20 years after the first volume, Book II contains the musical and spiritual legacy of the composer. Christophe Rousset plays these pieces on the 1628 Ruckers harpsichord of Antwerp, one of the best examples of its kind in the world.
Gunter Bialas studied at the Breslau University and at the Berlin Academy of Church and School Music. He served as professor at the North-West German Academy of Music in Detmold and has earned many prizes, including the Music Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts (1967). His compositions show his tendency toward conservatism as well as a desire for change and growth. His early work contains folksong elements and he later moved on to experiment with serial textures and exotic music such as African polyphony and heterophony.
Book One of the Well-Tempered Clavier is performed on the piano while Book Two is performed on the harpsichord. His tempos are very fast, and he has a certain sense of humor that comes through in all his performances, making what might seem academic, warm and accessible. Highly recommended - and check out Jarrett's other classical recordings for other delights just as great.