Either you love it or you cannot bear its wiry jangle. This is hazardous for those scheduling harpsichord concerts. But glad to say this was not the case last night at Curtis Hall, where the house was full for harpsichordist and newly appointed Curtis instructor Lionel Party's recital.
The program included Girolamo Frescobaldi's Cento Partite sopra Passacaglia, Bach's "Italian Concerto" and Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue and a suite from Francois Couperin's Cinq Ordre.
Party is the harpsichordist for the New York Philharmonic and directs baroque programs for the Grand Teton Summer Festival; his solo work has taken him to Europe and South America. Unfortunately, this was my first encounter with his work, and complicating an assessment was Party's seeming somewhat ill at ease.