Music: Hip Harpsichordist

Twenty minutes of Bach's French Overture on the harpsichord. A pair of Bach sonatas with harpsichord accompaniment. Some Mozart and some more Bach, this time grumbled out on a pipe organ. Such a program has always had its place in concert life, if only as a vaguely ennobling form of musical anesthesia. But if anyone had suggested it to an impresario, he would have been shown, with gentle pity, to the street.

That was before Anthony Newman came along. Last week, with just that program, Harpsichordist-Organist Newman not only sold out Manhattan's 2,836-seat Philharmonic...

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