Meeting Marcia—a Discography
I’m meeting Marcia Hadjimarkos, our performer for Friday evening’s recital series, for the first time Thursday. However, I have known her for years, thanks to recordings and the Internet. Indeed, our first introduction had a lasting influence on me: it triggered a wanderlust that has resulted in regular visits to Europe.
The last time I had left the U.S. was 30 years earlier. For some reason, I was suddenly emboldened and began ordering both sheet music and CDs from Europe; I might add, the exchange rate was more favorable twelve years ago… I commissioned a clavichord from Joris Potvlieghe in Belgium and thus began my regular trips back to Europe. All triggered by Friday night’s performer.
I believe it was the next year that Marcia released her recording of C.P.E. Bach’s Pièces de caractère - Rondos et fantaisies on clavichord and fortepiano. These gems are perfectly performed and represent some the best from Bach’s second eldest son. It’s a pity that this recording is nearly impossible to find these days.
Marcia has had a long association with Dame Emma Kirkby, who we heard in concert this year. Kirkby is best known for her earlier music, but she released a recording of Haydn songs with Marcia accompanying on fortepiano. This is Haydn one doesn’t hear often, elegantly performed with a gorgeous sound.
Don’t miss Friday’s recital, performed on an 1813 Broadwood fortepiano. Tickets are available online and at the door. For details and map of the venue, visit our web site.—Kemer