Music Before 1800: Aya Hamada, harpsichord

Portraits et Caractères: Couperin, Rameau, Duphly

“Acrobatic finesse” describes Aya Hamada’s performances, whether in solo, concerto, or chamber pieces. She has assembled works by the great keyboard masters d’Agincourt, Couperin, Rameau, Duphly, and Forqueray. The music conjures up an evening worthy of an 18th-century Parisian saloneffervescent portraits and character pieces, flights of fancy that bring to mind traits of the dedicatee, usually a patron or colleague of the composer.

Tenderness and virtuosity are presented here in equal measure… Aya Hamada’s playing is not only technically immaculate, but musically very stimulating indeed. You can hear Hamada’s touch with those ‘exquisite ornamentations,’ also creating a magically mythical atmospheric aura of sound.”—MusicWeb International

Estimated run time: 60 minutes.

The virtual program will be followed by a live Q&A on Zoom, and will remain available on demand until July 15.