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James Jolly
Gramophone, February 2015

GRAMOPHONE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… 20th-Century Harpsichord Music #6

With this 1960 piece (Carillons), the harpsichord has shaken off pretty well everything that links it, in sound terms, to its 18th-century incarnation. Here the composer uses smudges of sound to represent the bells of the title, and by using the full range of the instrument Ohana creates a remarkable richness of sound. This is a very modern use of the harpsichord, one that emphasises its percussive qualities as well as its ability to create a sense of perspective. © 2015 Gramophone





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