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The Virtuoso Harpsichord

Vibrant young Melbourne-based harpsichordist, Jacqueline Ogeil showcases the virtuosic, dramatic and passionate sides of the harpsichord.

Vibrant young Melbourne harpsichordist Jacqueline Ogeil showcases the very virtuosic side of the harpsichord in a CD featuring J. S. Bach's 'Fantasia and Fugue', 5 sparkling sonatas by Scarlatti, Handel's 'Suite in B flat', Rameau's elegant 'Troisème Concert', and the premiere recording of Naji Hakim's suite 'Shasta' – Ogeil studied with the award winning composer while in Paris where he told her to make the work "bite and scratch".

Ogeil hopes that this disc will dispel any ideas that the harpsichord is old-fashioned or lacking in tonal colour. By chosing works with flair, this young talented performer demonstrates the dramatic and passionate side of the instrument.


Jacqueline Ogeil

After extensive study overseas, Jacqueline Ogeil has performed in the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord, as well as the Melbourne Fringe, Castlemaine, Port Fairy and Collins Street Festivals. She has recorded for the ABC and 3MBS, was a semi-finalist for the Young Achiever of the Year awards and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust award.

Press quotes

“There's little doubting Ogeil's technical skill ... but more interesting is her musicality, in evidence from the arresting opening bars of the Bach Fantasy through to the extreme contrasts of the first of Harkim's pieces. A varied program ... the ends up saying something cogent and particular about the harpsichord.”

— Andrew Ford, 24 Hours (ABC)

“Jacqueline Ogeil gives passionate and energetic performances ... (including) a suite by Naji Hakim, with whom she is studying in Paris.”

— Barney Zwartz, The Age

“Ogeil's playing is full of excitement and digital dexterity.”

— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide

“Ogeil's interpretations are fluent, expressive and elegant ... a solid performance with panache worthy of a musician of greater experience and fame.”

— Christopher Price, Soundscapes

Audio preview

Track Listing

    Chromatic Fantasia and Fuga in D minor, BWV 903 Johann Sebastian Bach

  1. Fantasia 6:00
  2. Fuga 5:30
  3. Sonata in C Major, K. 420 Domenico Scarlatti 5:11
  4. Sonata in C Major, K. 421 Domenico Scarlatti 4:15
  5. Sonata in A Minor, K. 175 Domenico Scarlatti 3:59
  6. Sonata in C Major, K. 513 Domenico Scarlatti 5:10
  7. Suite in B-flat George Frideric Handel

  8. Prelude 1:57
  9. Sonata 1:59
  10. Air & Variations 4:23
  11. Troisième Concert Jean-Philippe Rameau

  12. La Lapopliniere 4:35
  13. La Timide 8:15
  14. Tambourins 3:07
  15. Shasta (5 Movements for Harpsichord) Naji Hakim

  16. Rondo 3:49
  17. Aria 2:16
  18. Capriccio 4:39
  19. Recitativo 1:19
  20. Toccata 3:59



Naji Hakim

Composer and organist Naji Hakim is presently organist of la Trinite (directly succeeding the late Olivier Messiaen) and is currently professor at the National Regional Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.

George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel was a German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos. Handel's music was well known to such later composers as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

Domenico Scarlatti

Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (1685–1757) was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families.

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Product details

Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
70 minutes 23 seconds
John O'Donnell
Martin Wright
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Move Records Studio
Release date
© 1995 Move Records
℗ 1995 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3167
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574316728