Playing a pair of the rare and wonderful gut-strung harpsichords known as lautenwercke, Shawn Leopard and John Paul address pieces by baroque masters J.S. Bach (four movements from "A Musical Offering") and Georg Philipp Telemann ("Trio Sonata in A Minor"), but they also zoom into the 20th century with trio sonatas by Hugo Distler, Max Reger, and Jean Langlais. In the hands of this virtuoso team, the sonorous Lautenwercke take on a radiant energy and a variety of mood and color that will delight lovers of keyboard music.
"I love this rich, resonant instrument; sometimes it sounds like a lute, other times like a super-banjo.... The two performers have marvelous ensemble and a great sense of style; the sound is lovely."—American Record Guide