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Leonhardt shows skill at building compelling rhythms, finding color

GUSTAV LEONHARDT

Program of harpsichord works

from the Seventeenth Century.

Event in The Tech Performing Arts Series.

Jordan Hall, March 9.

By JONATHAN RICHMOND

GUSTAV LEONHARDT is one of today's most important harpsichordists, and there was much of value to his Jordan Hall concert last Friday.

Performances of several works by the 17th century composer J. J. Froberger showed Leonhardt's skill at building compelling rhythms and finding color in the music. His playing had a naturalness to it; its ease of flow made it attractive. Unfortunately, however, too much Froberger turned out to be too much of a good thing, and the lack of variety made listening tiring after a while. The effect was heightened by Leonhardt's rather straight-laced approach.

The declamatory Diferencias de Folias by Juan Cabanilles brought the first part of the concert to a lively end, however.

The second half consisted of works by Antoine Forqueray, and was nicely done. Rhythmic vitality was apparent throughout, and at times a sense of humor, too. The La D'Aubonne was very spritely.

An encore, Les Vieux Seigneurs by Couperin brought the evening to a pleasant close.