In addition to this CD by Gustav Leonhardt performing keyboard works of Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667) on the harpsichord, I own one other Leonhardt recording of the works of this neglected composer, a 25-year-old LP on the Harmonia Mundi label which I've been wearing out lately. Wanting to expand my collection a bit, I elected to purchase this CD which I am thrilled with. The playing is impeccable, Leonhardt's reputation is immaculate and he's simply a god as a keyboard musician. The instrument took me a bit of time to get used to, as it is a modern example of a historical instrument, but it has grown on me considerably. On the aforementioned LP Leonhardt is using an actual vintage instrument by Ruckers and it is the perfect vehicle for transmitting the sounds of Froberger; on this CD he is using a harpsichord modeled after the German builder Mielke and it is a bit bright for my taste, but the recording is engineered masterfully and I'm coming to enjoy it. The music is generally fairly grave, as most people familiar with Froberger will understand, but it has moments of exuberance which really enliven the recording as a work of art. It is nicely balanced in that sense, offering a very complete sampling of the wide variety of works produced by this early German master composer.