Airs and Graces

BIS: BISSACD1595

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Airs and Graces

Label:

BIS

Catalogue No:

BISSACD1595
(BIS-SACD-1595)

Discs:

1

Release date:

28th July 2008

Barcode:

7318599915951

Length:

65 minutes

Medium:

SACD (download also available)

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel
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Airs and Graces

Scottish Tunes and London Sonatas


Geminiani:

Sonata in C major for cello and basso continuo, Op. 5, No. 3

Handel:

Sonata in B minor for flute and continuo, HWV376 'Halle III'

Minuetto from Sonata in E minor for flute and continuo, HWV375 'Halle II'

Roman:

Sonata X in E minor for flute and basso continuo, BeRI 210

Stanley, J:

Solo IV in B minor from Op. 4, for flute and basso continuo

trad.:

Lord Aboynes welcome or Cumbernault house

Clout the Cauldron

O Waly, Waly ('The Water is Wide')

Lochaber

Fy gar rub her o’er with straw

Busk ye busk ye Bonny Bride

The Flowers O’the Forest

Dumbarton's Drums

Logan Water


Dan Laurin (recorder)

Parnassus Avenue

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London in the early 1700’s offered a dazzling mix of virtually every European musical style. The recent union between England and Scotland led to an increased cultural exchange, and English audiences were entranced by the rhythms and colours of the traditional tunes of Scotland. Various collections, such as the settings by the recorder virtuoso Francesco Barsanti, were published and even Handel could not resist a few turns at the hornpipe in his Water Music. This state of affairs is reflected in the present mix of four baroque sonatas, by composers associated with London in various ways, and nine Scottish tunes in arrangements based on the Barsanti settings.

This imaginative programme is characteristic of the approach adopted by Parnassus Avenue, an ensemble which is constantly challenging ‘baroque standards’: according to Parnassus Avenue there is no ‘early’ music, just a never-ending ‘now’. In lending a John Stanley Adagio the same melancholy expressivity as the mournful Waly waly, and applying the same virtuosity to the hypnotic Clout the Cauldron as to a Handel Allegro, Dan Laurin and his colleagues also demonstrate that there are no genres, only one seamless musical whole.

Traditional: Lord Aboynes Welcome or Cumbernault House

Lord Aboynes Welcome or Cumbernault House

Traditional: Waly Waly

Waly Waly

Traditional: Clout the Cauldron

Clout the Cauldron

John Stanley: Flute Solo No. 4 in B minor, Op. 4, No. 4

I. Adagio

II. Poco Allegro

III. Gigg

Traditional: Lochaber

Lochaber

Traditional: Fy gar rub her o'er with Straw

Fy gar rub her o'er with Straw

Traditional: Busk ye busk ye Bonny Bride

Busk ye busk ye Bonny Bride

George Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in B minor, HWV 376, "Halle Sonata No. 3"

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Largo

IV. Allegro

Francesco Geminiani: Cello Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 5, No. 3

I. Andante

II. Allegro

III. Affetuoso

IV. Allegro

Traditional: The Flowers of the Forrest

The Flowers of the Forrest

Anonymous: Dumbarton's Drums

Dumbarton's Drums

Anonymous: Logan Water

Logan Water

Johann Helmich Roman: Sonata No. 10 for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in E minor

I. Larghetto

II. Andante

III. Piva

IV. Non Presto

V. Villanella

George Frideric Handel: Flute Sonata in E minor, HWV 375, "Halle Sonata No. 2"

Flute Sonata in E minor, HWV 375, "Halle Sonata No. 2": IV. Minuet

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