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MA Festival Bruges 2010

Last week we returned from Bruges, Belgium, where we attended the MA Festival

The Kalsbeek stall

The Kalsbeek stall

This year this festival was devoted to the harpsichord and pianoforte. As you can see we had two instruments in the exhibition, a German double after Mietke and a French double after Blanchet.

Apart from the exhibition we had a harpsichord after Mietke on the stage for the competition which is taking place during the festival. A lot of players were very enthusiastic of this harpsichord and used it. Jonathan Rhodes Lee, one of the contestants wrote on the harpsichord list:

After a day, the festival administration decided to add a third instrument, a 2007 Mietke copy by HPSCHD-L member Jan Kalsbeek. The instrument was lovingly decorated in Chinoiserie and had those wonderful decorative Mietke hinges. It felt and sounded glorious. The sound is dry, direct, very speaking (if that term means anything to anybody but me). Everyone else on the first day — and I do mean everyone — opted to play on Jan Kalsbeek’s instrument, which I think he took as a great (and deserved) compliment.

Kalsbeek instrument at the right.

Kalsbeek instrument at the right.

The Mietke on stage

The Mietke on stage

Participants

In conversation with participants

The provinciaal hof

The provinciaal hof

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