Jane Lanctot delighted Sunday series attendees on February 13 with a presentation, by turns humorous and transporting, starring her fortepiano, with its delicious and mellow tone quality. Lanctot’s instrument was created as a copy of a 1784 Andreas Stein. Of the Stein instruments, Mozart heaped praise in a letter written when he was 19, dated October 17, 1777: “In whatever way I touch the keys, the tone is always even. It never jars, it is never stronger or weaker or entirely absent, in a word it is aways even …”
During the memorable hour, Lanctot played Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Rondo No. 1 in C Major; the Toccata in E Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach; Henry Purcell’s Voluntary in D Minor; Claude Debussy’s First Arabesque; and concluded with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata in D Major. All may enjoy this performance, via the video recording of the event!
Lanctot has performed on historical keyboards since the 1970s, after studying with Edward Smith in Manhattan. She has performed the 5th Brandenburg harpsichord concerto at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and has performed countless premieres of new works, appearing live on MPR and PRI. She also studied classical Cambodian music for 18 years with Bun Loeung, and ran his School of Traditional Cambodian Music for 11 years after his death.
Learn more about the Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series here.