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Built in 1777, the Stein ‘Vis-à-vis’ is a glorious monster, half harpsichord, half fortepiano, with keyboards at both ends and a tonal range unsurpassed in the century that saw plectra cede to hammers. Brilliantly percussive, it is a veritable fun-fair for four hands.
“Andreas Staier and Christine Schornsheim perform with flawless ensemble and infectious panache…”
The Independent on Sunday
“One half expects Andreas Staier and Christine Schornsheim to burst out laughing at the end of their flamboyant performances of Mozart’s B flat and D major sonatas. For all the whirling giddiness of these, and the crazy-mirror curves of the chromatic Preludes, the most impressive aspect of this recording is its ability to move the listener with subtle shifts of dynamics and tone.
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