The harpsichordist Iakovos Pappas is known not only as a director and conductor of the famous ensmble “ALMAZIS”, but is mainly an accomplished harpsichordist, with many cd’s of French Baroque music.
After a performance of Charpentier’s “Medee” and Lully’s “Atys” at the Athens Concert Hall, he opted for a personal cembalo recital at the German Church in Athens on March the 2nd of French Baroque Composers with the very talented violinist Sophie Iwamura. The program consisted of pieces by Mondonville, Leclair, and Royer never before heard in Greece.
Iakovos Pappas revealed to us a sound that I personally never thought possible to emanate from an instrument such as a harpsichord. His incomparable technique combined with his inner musical sense, created an “orchestral” sound from his instrument, revealing to the audience the full glory of Royer’s 3rd Suite. He managed to reveal not only the musical qualities of every piece he performed, but he underlined it’s inner “theatricality” and dramatic undertones, so rarely heard on performances of this kind of music. He proved to his audience that this music is far from academic and repetitive when it is performed with respect and deep knowledge of its nature. After all it is all a matter of view and aesthetics.
The violinist S.Iwamura is an accomplished musician and possesses a great musical talent. Her sound is sensitive, yet with body, and her knowledge combined with her love and devotion to this music allowed her to reveal the full spectrum and delicate shading of the pieces, especially noted on her performance of the Sonata for cembalo and violin by Leclair. She is a very promising musician who we hope will have the opportunity to hear again soon.
Here in Greece we are in desperate need for such high quality music making.