A LAMENT ON THE LIPS OF LOVED ONES:
Private memorials, secret grief
Adrian Lenthall, Clavichords by Peter Bavington after Silbermann and Mersenne
‘An unforgettable performance of Haydn’s Andante and Variations in F minor: strong, brilliant, subtle and heartfelt playing in response to every turn of that extraordinary work’ – British Clavichord Society Newsletter (on Adrian’s live performance of the final piece on this CD)
Even the beautiful must perish! … The most perfect must die; But a lament on the lips of loved ones is glorious …
Friedrich Schiller, ‘Nänie’ (1799)
Mortality and loss are at once the most universal aspects of human experience, and among the most private. Several of the finest pieces of keyboard music have been responses to loss – though this has not always been made explicit by their composers. In these cases a crucial facet of the music has remained private or secret, and has had to be revealed conjecturally by scholars or performers. This disc brings these remarkable pieces together with two famous ‘Tombeaux’ – memorials which, though open about their connection to loss, were intended for private circulation only. It is an exploration, through extraordinary music, of the nature of loss, privacy and healing.