I am sorry, techneut, that I forgot to have a look at the posting dates.
I am just so enthusiastic about Joerg Demus because he is such a rare inspiration
and he gives the listener/beginner an introduction to the wonderful singing tones of original instruments.
Many modern instruments these days do not really really sing or inspire the listener anymore as they should.
I do hope that the anonymous writer of the original post comes back to see what I have written,
because Joerg Demus is truly as inspiring as Thurston Dart, George Malcolm and other pianists
who made sure that the beginner of the Square-Piano-Forte has a chance to discover and listen
and be inspired by the wonderful sound and singing of these original instruments.
I shall take great care in the future of the posting dates.
Thanks from Kristinaolga.
Moved this to a new post.
Regarding the subject however, I would add that this is very much like the appreciation of style in art (all forms) in that it is best appreciated in the context of the period, which means having good knowledge of what came before so as to understand the novelty of the period/artist/style innovation in question. An early pianoforte, or fortepiano if you prefer, is really only inspiring (to me anyway) when compared against the limitations of the harpsichord and clavichord. Being inspired by such early efforts in the evolution of the technology is for most an academic one. Who really wants to use the first hand-pumped vacuum cleaner or drive the first Benz automobile? These are historical curiosites for sure. In a similar way, I would be inspired by a pianoforte or early square piano, as I would only in viewing a museum piece. Do you like the sound of Renaissance instruments such as a rackett, crumhorn or cornamuse? I'll take their modern-day reed progeny any day!
PS: Thurston Dart did write an excellent little book on the interpretation of music (I think that is the title too).
Edit: Added PS.