Amsterdam-based harpsichordist Guillermo Brachetta makes his solo debut recording with a programme of ciacconas and chaconnes that chart the extraordinary diversity and the development of this musical form.
Beginning with works from such composers as Jacques Champion de Chambonnieres and Louis Couperin, Guillermo takes the listener on a journey through to the substantial offerings by Jacques Duphly and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Accompanied by an essay from musicologist Nigel Simeone, Guillermo performs this selection on two instruments by instrument builder Titus Crijnen - copies of instruments by G.B. Giusti (1681) and H. Ruckers (1624) with grand ravalement (1680).
"... Brachetta, a native of Argentina but trained principally in The Netherlands, complements his captivating programme with unfailingly vigorous and technically assured playing, surmounting every difficulty with apparent ease and conveying a wealth of fine details of articulation and phrasing. An important feature of his performances is his finely judged tempos, which tend to be slower than commonly heard on disc... A single theme recitl as satisfying as this deserves a sequel, so let us hope Brachetta will next record a programme devoted to the passacaglia. After that, the way will be open to a recital of La Follia variations."
Christopher Price - International Record Review - February 2014