Yet another reminder of the beauty of Johannes Secker’s historical keyboard instruments: today I received the first batch of edits of my Haydn Sonatas CD, recorded on Johannes’ fine Stein copy 5-octave fortepiano (2011) in St Oswald’s, Lythe back in April this year.

The subtlety of nuance that can be achieved on this fortepiano is truly remarkable, and exceptionally well-suited to the colours and textures of Haydn’s keyboard writing. Particularly memorable is the variety of sound across the different registers of the instrument, for instance in the opening variations of the G major Sonata, Hob.XVI:40 – nicely captured in St Oswald’s glorious acoustic by Co-Producers Roy Mowatt and Jane Booth and Sound Engineer Chris Mowatt.

Hearing the instrument once again in this acoustic makes me all the more certain that this was the right instrument for this project, and I look forward to playing Johannes’ keyboard once again in this space at the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, coming up soon on Monday 18 August, 7.00pm.

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