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The following tracks were recorded using Michael Johnson instruments. Where necessary, links have been added to stores from which you can purchase complete albums.

A four-instrument presentation of instruments at the St Andrew’s Studio, allowing you to compare the different sound qualities of the R33, R24, R32 and FF15, respectively. Bach’s C-sharp minor Prelude from Book 1 has been recorded on each; the presentation takes approximately 11 minutes.

Purcell: Suite in D minor (Performer name withheld by request – FF13)

Purcell: Suite in D minor

Bach: Toccata in G (Performer name withheld by request) – FF13

Bach: Toccata in G

Bach: Prelude in C major, Book 1 WTC (Mitzi Meyerson) – R32 instrument

Mitzi Meyerson: Bach WTC Book 1 – Prelude

Made at St Andrew’s Studio in March 2014 on the R32 Flemish double, Mitzi plays the prelude using both manuals as solo stops, that is, the first two bars on the lower then the next two on the upper and so on. That requires quite a technique to get the smooth legato and boy would it show up the voicing if the manuals were not balanced! Many makers make the upper quieter but I really think they should be balanced and I feel similarly about the 4ft: it should be a solo stop, and that works on a Flemish where the 4ft has quality.

JS Bach: Prelude in E – R33 instrument

Bach: Prelude in E

William Byrd: John Come Kiss Me Now – R33 instrument

Byrd: John Come Kiss Me Now

William Byrd: The Bells – R24 instrument

Byrd: The Bells

William Trumbull: Improvisation (Daniel Trumbull) – FF15 instrument

Trumbull: Improvisation

Richard Jones: Fifth Set in B minor, Allemanda (Mitzi Meyerson) – FF9 instrument

Richard Jones: Fifth Set in B minor, Allemanda (Mitzi Meyerson) – FF9 instrument

CPE Bach: Solo per il Cembalo (performer name withheld by request) – FF13 instrument

Bach CPE – Solo per il Cembalo

Scarlatti: Sonata in G K432 (performer name withheld by request) – FF13 instrument

Scarlatti – Sonata in G K432

Sweelinck: Unter den Linden Groen (performer name withheld by request) – FF13 instrument

Sweelinck – Unter den Linden Groen

Francois Couperin: Music for Harpsichord Vol. 1 – Allemande l’Auguste – Lawrence Cummings

Couperin – Allemande l’Auguste

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Louis Couperin: Prélude in D minor – Stanislav Heller

Couperin: Prelude in d minor

Louis Couperin: Chaconne in F major – Stanislav Heller

Couperin: Chaconne in F major

Handel: Suite in E major – Allemande – Bob van Asperen

Handel: Suite in E major

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