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Six Sonatas by Haydn on a clavichord after Hubert (1772) by Thomas Steiner “This recording cannot be compared with any other. Unsettling clavichord! Marcia Hadjimarkos reveals in her staggering variety of touches, timbres and nuances the magical combination that allows unexpected eloquence to spring from the text.” Diapason Read the review “This is a revelatory CD, extending the scope of the clavichord beyond my dreams. (…) She pays with boundless energy and virtuosity, taking risks (but never tumbling) at breakneck tempi, on an instrument which is notoriously difficult to manage.” British Clavichord Society Newsletter Read the Review

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Character pieces, two rondos and a fantasy by C.P.E. Bach on a clavichord after Hubert (1772) by Thomas Steiner and a piano by Ferdinand Hoffmann (c.1790). “Ms Hadjimarkos”s playing is superb throughout: dynamic, free and powerfully shaped. One hopes that she will keep recording C.P.E. Bach’s music; she does it as well as any keyboardist now playing.” Fanfare Read the review “The talented Marcia Hadjimarkos lacks neither taste nor finesse.” Télérama Read the review Read the Diapason review Read the Classica review

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Three sonatas and three rondos on a fortepiano after Lengerer (1793) by Christopher Clarke “Beyond the wondrous sensitivity of her touch, two elements of Hadjimarkos’s playing stand out: her very flexible approach to tempo, and her witty, sometimes daringly profuse and yet always idiomatic ornamentation. In short this is the most satisfying recording of Mozart on the fortepiano I have heard for some years. More please, and as soon as possible!” Goldberg Read the review “Those with an ear for the manifold beauties of the instrument that Mozart knew and loved are not likely to find more imaginatively realized, full-blooded or loving readings than these presented by Marcia Hadjimarkos. Very highly recommended.” Fanfare Read the review Read the Diapason review

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I accompany czakan player Hugo Reyne in a Sonata by Gebauer and a Fantaisie Hongroise by Csermak on a fortepiano after Fritz (1814) by Christopher Clarke “The originality, the sprit and the humour of this project are not at all surprising, coming as they do from the founder of the Simphonie du Marais. This disc is more of the spirit than of the letter, giving the slightly frivolous pleasure of discovering an instrument as improbable as it was ephemerous, and which provides a previously unheard echo of Biedermaier Vienna.” Diapason Read the review “More so than the csakan, the revelation of this CD is the fortepiano. The use of the bassoon stop, and particularly of the “Turkish music”, create such an enormous surprise that those who don’t mention it have probably not listened to the recording”. Classiqueinfo-disque.com. Read the review

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Haydn canzonettas and arias with Emma Kirkby, fortepiano after Walter by Christopher Clarke “Marcia Hadjimarkos skilfully conveys the range of colours and intricacies in Haydn’s piano accompaniments. (…) The instrument features levers operated by the hand or knee to provide distinctive special sonorities, such as the “bassoon” stop (…) used sparingly to fine effect in “The Battle of the Nile”. Gramophone Read the review “Such refinement at every turn.(…) Marcia Hadjimarkos coaxes from her Walter fortepiano copy an array of sensual, subtle colors as well as effects reminiscent of a small orchestra (…)Dame Emma’s longevity and poetic intelligence are staggering.” Diapason Read the review

big_28316626_0_300-300 Read the liner notes Listen to an excerpt Download the CD Order the CD Schubert’s Sonata D850 in D major and two sets of German dances on a fortepiano after Fritz (1814) by Christopher Clarke

“Here is another example of how everything Marcia Hadjimarkos touches turns to gold. In several live performances and in recordings, she has never failed to delight and entertain this reviewer. Her performances are always stylish and interesting, with seemingly effortless technical facility, albeit always at the service of the music. This recording is no exception.” Historical Keyboard Society of North America Newsletter Read the review

“The playing delivers Schubert’s extroverted grandeur, light-hearted delight and gentle melodies with Viennese grace and charm. (…) The accompanying liner notes are poetically delivered. (…) Hadjimarkos is a facile and exuberant player who knows her instrument well.” Harpsichord & Fortepiano Read the review Read the Estrade review