Trevor Pinnock, one of the pioneers of the modern revival of early music performance is 71 today. We wish him a very happy birthday.
Trevor Pinnock is an English harpsichordist and conductor. He is best known for his association with the period-performance orchestra The English Concert which he helped to found in 1972 and he directed the group from the keyboard for over 30 years in a range of baroque and early classical music. One of his most outstanding albums is his 1988 complete set of the Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 (BWV1046-1051) recorded with the English Concert.
These early authentic performances, still sound clean and refreshing and are not too abrasive. They are characterised by faster speeds in outer movements and relatively slower speeds in the andantes than had been customary. This style of playing has been followed by many other ‘period performers’ subsequently.
Listen to Trevor Pinnock talking about his Linn Records album ‘Journey – 200 Years of Harpsichord Music’