I started listening to this recording last night while cooking dinner, and I ended listening to it about three times total. I’ve had it for ages, but I hadn’t thought about it in a long time. It’s harpsichordist Igor Kipnis playing Handel. I’m a fan of Kipnis – I enjoy his harpsichord versions of Bach’s keyboard partitas (available super-cheap, if memory serves) and I also have a recording of him playing some of Scarlatti’s little harpsichord sonatas that I like a lot.
Most of these were recorded in the 1970s or thereabouts. (Kipnis died in 2001. Also, just for clarity, because the image above is rather small: the recording is entitled “The Virtuoso Handel” and not “Headbanging Handel.”) This Handel recording is pretty great. I had forgotten how much nuance and – eh, I don’t know, expressive force, I guess is the phrase, there is in Kipnis’s playing. It’s very easy to get sucked in. Hence the headbanging. Not literally, of course – besides, I don’t really have the hairstyle to do that kind of thing justice – but if one ever were to thrash to a recording of Handel’s harpsichord music, this might well be it.