Menno Van Delft

It was in Germany in the 18th century that the building of clavichords reached for the first time high points of craftmanship and refinement, comparable to the harpsichord and other keyboard instruments. Until that period the builders – generally furniture makers, organists or monks – had remained anonymous. Now specialists appeared on the boards, genuine masters of the craft with well-equipped workshops and superior construction techniques. Small wonder that Germany produced a host of excellent keyboard composers, e.g. Kirnberger, a pupil of Johann Sebastian Bach, an artistically inspired and devoted musician, and one of the most important theoreticians of his era to boot. Goldberg was on friendly terms both with father Johann Sebastian as with son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Whether Bach’s Goldberg variations were truly composed for the young virtuoso is today considered questionable, but at any rate his talent as a performer must have been staggering. Menno Van Delft brings the three gentlemen together again, in the company of their musical ancestor Buxtehude.

Menno Van Delft, clavichord