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  • Composer: Henry Cowell, Samuel Adler, Patricia Morehead, Mel Powell, Ned Rorem, et al.
  • Blu-ray Audio (October 29, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sono Luminus
  • ASIN: B00F9KCVUS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sono Luminus presents this group of modern works for harpsichord that takes full advantage of all of the tonal and harmonic characteristics of this dynamic instrument. This album brings a new musical spin to the instrument that is better associated with Bach, Rameau and Couperin. Towards the beginning of the 20th century, after more than a century of obscurity, the harpsichord enjoyed a conspicuous revival. This spirit of revival continues in this latest Sono Luminus release, with many of the works on 'Toccatas' written for Mr. Vinikour.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Newsome on October 30, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Audio
The catalyst that spurs innovation in most contemporary business methodologies is the element of discovery, and the same quality proves to be the impetus for many of the most meaningful musical experiences. A great artist can of course lend enchantment and novelty to even the most hackneyed music, but the most memorable experiences in a music lover’s life are those rare intersections of great artists with music that demands the full deployment of their talents. TOCCATAS is just such an experience: a recording of 20th- and 21st-Century music for harpsichord by American composers, this disc—another triumph of recording technology from Sono Luminus—reveals every shimmering facet of harpsichordist Jory Vinikour’s formidable technique, which is already familiar to listeners who appreciate the more frequently-encountered Baroque repertory with which the harpsichord is associated. That any release featuring Mr. Vinikour will preserve superb musicianship is a foregone conclusion, but playing of the quality heard on TOCCATAS is not to be taken for granted. Likewise, it is no surprise that Mr. Vinikour transforms the harpsichord into an instrument capable of flights of rhapsodic expressivity as impressive as the daunting feats of virtuosity that are its more typical fare. What may well surprise many listeners is that the harpsichord has retained, not least because of the advocacy of artists of the caliber of Mr. Vinikour, to whom three of the selections recorded here are dedicated, an important presence in contemporary composers’ work for the concert hall. Spanning nearly six decades of contemporary American music for the harpsichord, TOCCATAS exemplifies the harpsichord’s status not as a relic of a distant past but as a fascinatingly vital instrument of endless—and timeless—possibilities.

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Joseph A. Newsome
VOIX DES ARTS
October 2013
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This is a very interesting program which shows that the harpsichord is more versatile than many listeners might think and can do justice to more than just Bach, et al. Vinikour and his instrument seem completely comfortable and at ease in this genre. My first copy had horrible sound on the Blu-ray, and there were also numerous dropouts. The company sent me a replacement and no problem, there must have been a defective run, as the sound on this one is perfect.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Thorpe on January 5, 2015
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
This marvelous recording has earned Mr. Vinikour his second Grammy nomination in the category classical music for solo instrument. The first, in 2013, was for his 2 cd set of J.P. Rameau's complete harpsichord works. The two sets could not be more different; Rameau's works are traditional baroque, while this new work has a jazz like feel that captures 21st century music on an instrument that almost everyone associates with pre-Mozart composition. Indeed, most current performers can't wait to abandon the harpsichord for a piano, thereby providing much greater flexibility in tone and color. It is, therefore, quite refreshing and exciting that composers still write innovative music for the harpsichord and performers as talented as Mr. Vinikour are recognized for providing breathtaking interpretations of these "new" works.. The Grammy Awards will be announced in February; this performance is certainly worthy.
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