Colin Booth has combined the careers of harpsichordist and harpsichord-maker for more than 30 years. As maker, he has more than 300 customers to his credit, including a large number of Early Music professionals. Colin is also the UK’s leading supplier of early keyboard instruments to rent. Colin teaches and performs annually at the Dartington International Summer School, and is currently resident harpsichordist for the European Union Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded 11 CDs of solo harpsichord music, all to critical acclaim.
The end of 2010 saw the culmination of a ten-year project: Colin’s book Did Bach Really Mean That? This investigation of baroque notation has been praised both for its detail and insights, and for being a highly readable guide for all who are keen on playing early keyboard music, whatever their chosen instrument.
To accompany the book, Colin has released a recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which has received enthusiastic reviews:
“… a real achievement on Booth’s part; and one to which you will warm on repeated listenings to this CD. It’s far from being yet another Goldberg Variations release. Booth’s is a significant contribution to the still vibrant debate on historically-informed performance practice. And one which has the merit of producing a highly satisfying and stimulating listening experience.” Classical Net (April 2011,Mark Sealey)
“For me this recording stands out in a crowded field.”
Noel O’Regan. Early Music Review, August 2011.
“…this brilliant record…” CD of the week.
Michael Church. The Independent, February 2011.