I have been long admiring the English virginalists (Byrd, Gibbons, Bull) and the French harpsichordists (Couperin, Rameau, Daquin etc). I recently acquired Glenn Gould superb recording of Byrd and Gibbons, which proved that these early music for keyboard can sound more than right on the modern piano if done correctly.
Just have two questions:
1) Was playing early music on the modern piano a sort of fashion in the late 19th/beginning of 20th century? In the book Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, Maurice Hinson lists some typical programs of Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894) and Ossip Gabrilowitsch (1878 - 1936). Byrd, Bull, Couperin and Rameau did appear significantly on their programs!
2) Would you recommend any good recordings of early keyboard music play on the modern piano (The mentioned Gould's is one, Tharaud playing Rameau is also good)