Can one instrument be both harpsichord and organ, with the harpsichord part at the front of the stage and the organ part at the back of the stage, both played by the keyboardist at the harpsichord? If one can build this instrument known as the claviorganum, the answer is yes. On this week’s edition of Baroque&Before, we have the rare opportunity to hear a modern-day version of this hybrid instrument, whose origins are found in the fifteenth century.
Recorded live in concert August 14, 2022 in Varnhem’s Abbey Church as part of Sweden’s Valle Baroque Festival, taking center stage is Göteborg Baroque’s claviorganum, its diverse timbres highlighted as both a solo and ensemble instrument. Gothenburg Baroque’s artistic director Magnus Kjellson is at the keyboards in works by Handel; countertenor Daniel Carlsson is featured in Handel opera arias and a Vivaldi cantata.
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