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DEREK BELL (grecian harp),
JOANNA LEACH (square piano)

J. L. Dušek (1760-1812) had a brilliant career as a pianist and composer. His relationships with two harpists (one of whom he married) led to his composing several works for the harp, distinguishing him from most composers of the period. The period square piano used in this recording was restored by Andrew Lancaster.

playing time: 61:04
direct sale price:  £8.50
audio  sample:  Duo Concertant no.3 - Rondo
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Duo Concertant, op.69, no.1
Duo Concertant, op.69, no.3
Derek Bell (Erard Grecian Harp)
Joanna Leach (Stodart Square Piano, 1823)
Sonata in F# minor, op.61
Joanna Leach (Clementi Square Piano, 1832)

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“… the timbres of the Grecian harp and square piano interweave and complement each other beautifully. The playing is excellent throughout…” - Early Music Review
“The sound quality of the Athene CD is glowing and has a brilliant clarity which puts it firmly in the drawing room, without the distraction of an overblown acoustic. This is a performance of sensitivity and integrity, with a real understanding of the cadence, and the balance between both instruments and players is just right. Joanna Leach absolutely shines in the stunning F sharp minor sonata. I recommend buying the Joanna Leach and Derek Bell CD, as a recording to enjoy over and over again.” – Penelope Cave (The Consort)