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Präludium in C-Dur, K284a (Capriccio K395/300g)
Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K545 'Facile'
Sechs Variationen in G-Dur, K180 ("Mio caro Adone")
Clavierstuck in F, K15x
Clavierstuck in B flat, K15w
12 Menuets from K103
Clavierstuck in B flat, K15aa
Clavierstuck in E flat, K15cc
Menuetto in E flat major, K15ee
Clavierstuck in B flat, K15q
Clavierstuck in B flat, K15gg
Sonata No. 1 in B flat, K10
Allegro einer Sonate K312
Sechs Variationen in F-Dur über die Arie 'Salve tu, Domine' aus der Oper I filosofi immaginarii (Giovanni Paisiello) K398 (416e)

Siegbert Rampe (harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano)

MDG 341 1311-2

A wide ranging collection, which has given us great pleasure, especially because of a generous selection played expertly on clavichord - a copy of a late 18C Schiedmayer instrument (tracks 6-25) - Mozart owned and used a clavichord for private music-making.

An interesting curiosity is the brilliant toned Shudi harpsichord with a pedal-actuated "Venetian swell," which allowes graduated dynamic effects. Rampe's playing is always alert and characterful, never descending into routine even for the smaller and less important pieces.

Documentation is thorough and recording qualtiy (various venues, 2006-7) good. An absorbing disc which has us wanting to explore others in this stimulating series by a renowned early keyboard musicologist and performer.

Peter Grahame Woolf