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Pamela Thorby: Garden of Early Delights

Pamela Thorby: Garden of Early Delights

Linn Records  CKD 291

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical


Diego Ortiz: Recercada segunda de tenore; Recercada segunda de canto llano; Recercada prima sobre doulce mémoire
Jacob van Eyck: Wat zal men op den Avand doen; Derde, Doen Daphne d'over; Boffons; Amarilli mia bella
Dario Castello: Sonata seconda a soprano solo
John Dowland: Sorrow, sorrow stay; Weep you no more
Johann Schop: Lachrime Pavaen
Giovanni Bassano: Susanne ung jour; Frais et gaillard
Giovanni Battista Fontana: Sonata sesta; Sonata seconda
Biagio Marini: Passacalio

Pamela Thorby (recorder)
Andrew Lawrence-King (harp)


‘Garden of Early Delights is a mixed bouquet of diverse, joyous, unusual and eloquent pieces from the Renaissance and Early Baroque periods. Performed by Pamela Thorby on recorders and Andrew Lawrence-King on harps and psaltery, these are two virtuosic musicians unsurpassed in their respective fields. The garden of 16th and 17th century music brought forth a rich harvest of symbolism and literary associations - some of which are presented on this album. The programme includes bursts of good humour in the treatment of van Eyck's popular variations, sensuous melancholy from Dowland contrasting with the formality of diminutions on favourite madrigals.

'Garden of Early Delights' includes solo pieces from both musicians, plus works that allow them to come together and showcase their considerable skills for musical interaction. Pamela Thorby and Andrew Lawrence-King merge their considerable experience of other genres to deliver a unique performance on an album that brings to life music full of surprise, beauty and delight.

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Review by John Broggio - August 23, 2008

Quite simply, this disc is full of some of the most remarkable recorder playing one is ever likely to hear.

Appropriately, Pamela Thorby's instrument often sounds as though it is singing, for the disc is a compilation of songs in which the recorder takes the place of the voice. Dazzling in her virtuosity, Thorby gives very emotional readings of these songs; so much so that the words are not missed in the slightest. Andrew Lawrence-King is similarly inspired in his accompaniments and it is fitting that he gets his head in songs of Dowland, Ortiz and Marini. As a suggested sampler, try the opening track by Ortiz "Recercada segunda de tenore" - one can sense in the playing that there was a tremendous enjoyment about the project from both Thorby and Lawrence-King. Exhilarating and tender in equal measure, these artists fully capture the mood must surely have been the composers intention - even if the instrumentation is slightly different from the original!

The recording, made in The National Centre for Early Music (York) is very good in the sense that all one hears is the artists making wonderful music in a lovely church acoustic.

Highly recommended.

The contents of the disc is as follows:

Diego Ortiz: Recercada segunda de tenore
Jacob van Eyck: Wat zal men op den Avand doen; Derde, Doen Daphne d'over#; Boffons
Dario Castello: Sonata seconda a soprano solo
John Dowland: Sorrow, sorrow stay*
Johann Schop: Lachrime Pavaen
John Dowland: Weep you no more*
Giovanni Bassano: Susanne ung jour
Diego Ortiz: Recercada segunda de canto llano*
Giovanni Battista Fontana: Sonata sesta
Biagio Marini: Passacalio*
Giovanni Battista Fontana: Sonata seconda
Jacob van Eyck: Amarilli mia bella
Diego Ortiz: Recercada prima sobre doulce mémoire*
Giovanni Bassano: Frais et gaillard

#: for recorder only
*: for harp only

Copyright © 2008 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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