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Treasures of the Empfindsamkeit
CPE Bach, Mthel, Haydn, Mozart
Metronome MetCD 1091
NEW RELEASE July 2014

Carole Cerasi
C G Hoffmann clavichord, 1784
(Cobbe Collection, Hatchlands Park)

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Domenico Scarlatti
Sonatas
released 2012

Carole Cerasi - harpsichords
Andrew Garlick 1986, after Jean-Claude Goujon 1749
Willem Kroesbergen 1972, Bartolomeo Stephanini 1694

"Cerasis new disc of 15 sonatas doesnt just meet and exceed the demands of Scarlatti the keyboard virtuoso, who challenges players to cross hands, negociate rapid skips and finesse complex and rapidly shifting textural patterns. Cerasis recording builds a sense of a deeper Scarlatti, a composer filled with delightful musical quirks and oddities, at turns wheeling, ruminative and bumptious. It is a well-plotted disc, capturing the full range of the composers moods, the breadth of his keyboard style...building to a spectacular finale with bravura works at the end. In K87, a favourite of Horowitz, Cerasi produces something that wonders and dreams as much as the old Russian masters interpretation but is fully idiomatic to the harpsichord. In short, Cerasis disc is a delight."
Gramophone

"This long matured recital shows Cerasi at the height of her expressive and virtuosic achievements, extremely musical even at great speed (K517), an absolute stranger to easy effects, more receptive to the tension of the harmonic structure in these short sonatas. Her readings of the introspective pages are intense and beautifully shaped, sensitive without the slightest trace of affectation. One remains impressed by the vocal quality of these jewels with their elegant counterpoint (K87), and the attention paid to the contrasting tessituras of the Italian harpsichord, wise remarkable sweetness brings an unusual poetry. This subtle discourse will appeal to the music lover as much as to the casual visitor. A wonderful achievement."
Diapason

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Editor's Choice Gramophone

Editor's Choice International Piano

Joseph Haydn
The Art of Variation
released 2009

Carole Cerasi
fortepiano, Johann Schantz c.1795
clavichord, Karin Richter 1998, after Christian Gottlob Hubert c.1771

Carole Cerasis latest release makes an unusual programme, but then Cerasi is never routine. Particularly impressive is the way she allows the 1790s Schantz to shape her interpretations...she appreciates its special qualities and realises them with relish and originality that releases this wonderful music from the warm-up status that it often endures in traditional piano circles. Quite simply, she restores its colour, expressiveness and grandeur. This is fortepiano playing of true distinction.
Gramophone

Cerasis reading of the F minor variations is especially powerful: sombre and restrained until the coda, she makes Haydns climatic outpouring of grief feel truly cathartic. It is a moving conclusion to a disc on which Cerasis acute insights prove as telling as her brilliant technique.
International Piano, Editors Choice

"Cerasis most remarkable playing comes in the Andante con variazione, played with great dignity at its beginning. This is entirely without pomposity or inflation but with powerful expressiveness, and where needed with a precise fierceness, before closing on a final chord of bitter-sweet beauty. The combination of particular instrument and particular performer has here resulted in as fine and memorable a performance of this significant work of Haydns as I can remember hearing. The copy of Huberts clavichord is used in the far earlier Sonata in D major...The firm delicacy of the instrument and of Cerasis touch captures to perfection the sense of contained power in this music."
International Music Web

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Johann Sebastian Bach
English Suites BWV806-811
Metronome MetCD 1078
released 2007

Carole Cerasi
harpsichord, Blanchet/Taskin 1757, (collection Kenneth Gilbert)

Cerasis playing exhibits a flawless technique and, where tempos and ornaments are concerned, exemplary good taste.
International Record Review

Carole Cerasi has always seemed to me to be one of the finest harpsichordists alive today, and this recital fully confirms my earlier impression. This will certainly remain for me a reading to treasure.
Early Music Review

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Manuel Blasco de Nebra
Sonatas & Pastorelas
Metronome MetCD 1064
released 2003

Carole Cerasi
harpsichord, Joachim Joz Antunes, Lisbon 1785 (Finchcocks)
fortepiano, Sebastian Lengerer, Kufstien 1793 (Finchcocks)

"Putting aside the fluidity of Cerasi's fast-tempo fingerwork, what stands out in her recordings is her sense of calm...fascinating, idiosyncratic playing repertoire played with supreme lightness."
Independant on Sunday


"Carole Cerasi plays these charming works with obvious affection and understanding, triumphantly justifying their revival. Both instruments used have real presence and character, as does Cerasi's playing, which is as crisp and well thought-out as ever, and dashingly virtuosic. New recordings from this musician are always worth waiting for."
Gramophone

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Gramophone Awards 2003, Runner-up

Diapason d'Or
de l'Anne 2003

J. S. Bach & the Mller Manuscript
Metronome MetCD 1055
released 2002

Carole Cerasi - harpsichords
Bruce Kennedy 1998, after Christian Zell 1728
Robert Goble & Son 1990, after Carl Conrad Fleischer 1720

"Carole Cerasi, whose delicacy of touch and impeccable style is matched by an unparalleled confidence of attack, maps each piece with due verve, attention and imagination. Sheer delight."
Independent on Sunday

"Continuing an award-winning trail of engaging recorded recitals...Cerasi gives a thoroughly engrossing account of these masters. This is another compelling recital by Cerasi dispatched with flair and acute sensibility."

Gramophone

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Diapason d'Or
de l'Anne 2001

Gramophone
Recording of the Month

Thomas Tomkins
Music for Harpsichord and Virginals
Metronome MetCD 1049
released 2001

Carole Cerasi
harpsichord, Willem Kroesbergen 1972, Bartolomeo Stephanini 1694
muselaar virginals, Adlam Burnett 1973, after Johannes Ruckers 1611

"An eloquent tribute to the last of the English virginalists, with Cerasi on sparkling form... Few listeners will fail to be impressed by the fearless accuracy and panache with which she throws off Tomkins's torrential passagework and finger-breaking double thirds, but she is sensitive, too, in the slower pavans and fancies. Like Leonhardt, she manages to achieve a supreme eloquence in such pieces by the sheer precision and control with which she places each note, and it is a pleasure just to hear her playing... Another outstanding disc from this fine young harpsichordist."
Gramophone

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Music from the time of Vermeer
Metronome MetCD 1051
released 2001

Julia Gooding - soprano
Christopher Wilson - lute & theorbo
Carole Cerasi - muselaar virginals, Adlam Burnett 1973,
after Johannes Ruckers 1611

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Diapason d'Or
de l'Anne 2001

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Keyboard Sonatas
Metronome MetCD 1032
released 2000

Carole Cerasi
harpsichord, Bruce Kennedy 1992, after Michael Mietke c.1704
fortepiano, Jean Bascou 1982, after Johann Andreas Stein c.1780s

"It is a tribute to Cerasi's artistry and understanding of C. P. E. Bach's idiosyncratic idiom that the recital grips the listeners attention from the very first note and refuses to let go. Whatever the piece and chosen mode of communication, Cerasi shows herself an interpreter of remarkable insight...the music of C. P. E. Bach makes for compulsive listening, and nowhere more so than in Cerasi's fine accounts. This is a stunning disc. I urge anyone even remotely intrigued to try it."
www.LudwigVanWeb.com

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Gramophone Award 1999

Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
Complete Harpsichord Suites
Metronome MetCD 1026
released 1998

Carole Cerasi
harpsichord, Ruckers/Hemsch 1636/1763
(Cobbe Collection, Hatchlands Park)

"All this music is performed with flair and vitality by the Swedish-born harpsichordist Carole Cerasi. If this is her first disc I am delighted to roll out the red carpet for her. Her playing is deeply impressive and rewarding, and a model of clarity. A disc very highly recommended on all accounts."
Gramophone