Curated by Darcy Kuronen, Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments for the MFA
Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorum,
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
presented in partnership with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts
The Golden Age of the Clavier
BEMF returns to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for a remarkable showcase of exceptional artists and extraordinary instruments. Darcy Kuronen, Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments for the MFA and an internationally recognized authority on the history of musical instruments, has selected three carefully restored instruments from the 18th century for this very special event, including a German clavichord, French harpsichord, and English fortepiano. Don’t miss this chance to travel back in time and let these instruments share their musical secrets with you.
PART ONE: 10:30AM TO 12 NOON
ALEXANDER WEIMANN, harpsichord
featuring a 1736 French double-manual harpsichord by Henry Hemsch
One of the most sought-after ensemble directors, soloists, and chamber music partners of his generation, Mr. Weimann can be heard on some 100 CDs. Centerpieces of his lecture/demonstration recital will be Bach’s French Ouverture BWV 831, Rameau’s harpsichord arrangement of a suite from Les Indes galantes, and Handel’s 6 Grand Fugues (HWV 605–610), all compositions published within the year leading up to the most probable birth date of this famous instrument by German born and naturalized French harpsichord maker Henri Hemsch.
PART TWO: 12:30PM TO 2PM
TOM BEGHIN, fortepiano
featuring a 1796 English grand piano by John Broadwood & Son
Theresa Jansen: Pupil, Dedicatee, and Composer
Renowned both as a groundbreaking scholar and brilliantly eloquent performer, fortepianist Tom Beghin has performed to acclaim around the world. His monumental recording project, The Virtual Haydn, has been hailed as a genuinely revolutionary artistic and technical accomplishment. For his BEMF début, Tom Beghin highlights the ambitious concert culture of 1790s London by celebrating one of its star pianists, Theresa Jansen, to whom Haydn and Clementi dedicated grand sonatas. These works, and her own compositions, are performed on a 1796 fortepiano from England’s preeminent keyboard maker, John Broadwood & Son.
PART THREE: 2:30PM TO 4PM
LUC BEAUSÉJOUR, clavichord
featuring a 1796 German Clavichord by Johann Christoph Georg Schiedmayer
Canadian keyboard virtuoso Luc Beauséjour has been hailed across North America and Europe for the elegance and expressiveness of his playing. Highlights of his recital, performed on one of the fewer than one dozen surviving clavichords by master builder Johann Christoph Georg Schiedmayer of Stuttgart, include Handel’s Suite in D minor and Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816.