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Robert de Visée: Pieces pour la guittarre
Krishnasol Jimenez ('Sabionari' guitar by Antonio Stradivari)
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Robert de Visée: Musique de la Chamber du Roy
Manuel Staropoli (recorder & baroque flute), Massimo Marchese (theorbo) & Cristiano Contadin (viola da gamba)
Robert de Visée was a lutenist, guitarist, theorbist and viol player at the court of Louis the 14th, in the 17th century.
He was a highly respected musician at Versailles and was called “Guitar Master of the King”
He composed extensively for his instruments, and on this CD we can hear his highly inventive and lavishly ornamented suites for Theorbo and Lute Played on period instruments.
Manuel Staropoli is also a well-known soloist performing with Collegium Pro Musica.
Little is known of Robert de Viseé (1655–1733). Even his birth and death places and dates are uncertain.What we do know is that this fine collection of Suites was published in Paris in 1716. It is, for its time and place, typically stylish music, often with a melancholy tinge.
The options available to a modern-day performer are wide, and our talented trio of Italian musicians here have opted for the most intimate possible scoring of recorder, theorbo and viola da gamba: a very French answer to the English viol consort, one might say. One contemporary manual advises would-be performers of such music: ‘‘If you want to play them completely, you will absolutely need a viola da gamba and a theorbo or a harpsichord, or both together.’
The appetite for French music of the pre- Baroque era has never been higher: part of the early-music renaissance, naturally, and of its explosion on records, but also for the particular qualities of gentility, grace and elegance which this music embodies.
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The Nightingale and the Butterfly
"Pamela Thorby's sensual recorder playing, complete with improvised flourishes and infinitely flexible dynamic shadings, is out of the top drawer." Music Week
"A wonderful artist at her very best: relaxed, stylish, unpredictable and distinctive of tone." Independent on Sunday
Following her successful collaborations with Richard Egarr and Andrew Lawrence-King world-famous recorder player Pamela Thorby teams up with renowned lutenist Elizabeth Kenny for her fourth solo album on Linn, ‘The Nightingale and the Butterfly’, a sparkling exploration of French Baroque music.
‘The Nightingale and the Butterfly’ presents a fine example of Pamela Thorby’s award-winning trademark sound: soaring and graceful melodies played impeccably.
Elizabeth Kenny weaves the lute melodies seamlessly amongst Pamela’s recorders – the two players complementing each other effortlessly.
Thorby and Kenny, both specialists in Baroque repertoire, give a unique interpretation of these appealing works whilst uncovering the beauty of some lesser-known gems.
Pamela Thorby has established herself as one of the world’s leading recorder players. She is most regularly heard on Karl Jenkins’ fabulous Adiemus recordings making her possibly one of the most listened to recorder players in the world.
Pamela was a founding member of the multi award-winning Palladian Ensemble achieving international success with ten critically acclaimed albums.
Pamela has appeared many times as a soloist at major UK festivals and venues including Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.
Elizabeth Kenny, one of the UK’s foremost lute players, performs regularly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort and Les Art Florissants.
“Pamela Thorby's soft, sweet, natural tone is ideally suited to the whimsical delicacies of d'Hervelois, Philidor and Dieupart...The birds and butterflies of French Baroque music are artful accomplices to Eros and Morpheus, and genial companions for summer evenings.” The Independent, 27th June 2010
“This is very much a duo recital. Kenny provides delightful theorbo solos by the 17th-century virtuoso Robert de Visée as well as enchanting accompaniments to Thorby's recorder-playing...[Thorby] produces a consistently bright, remarkably unmannered tone” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2010
“Virtuoso playing and scholarly research come together in this disc of French Baroque works...Thorby's eclectic experience in Baroque, jazz and folk music is everywhere apparent in these performances, with combination of technical precision and improvisatory flair...a disc full of delights and surprises” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 *****
“Kenny provides Thorby with a firm yet subtly nuanced harmonic and rhythmic support, her clean attack on each leading note balancing the louder sound of the recorder. Thorby plays with her customary vigour and agility, with generous and judiciously applied ornamentation.” International Record Review, January 2011
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Baroque Music for Lute and Guitar
(also available to download from $10.50)
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Andres Segovia - The American Decca Recordings
Granada (from Suite española No. 1, Op. 47)
Piezas Características, Op. 92: Torre Bermeja
Sevilla (from Suite Española, Op. 47)
Asturias (from Suite espanola, Op. 47)
Canzone e Saltarello
Bach, C P E:
Siciliana in F sharp minor
Bach, J S:
Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV1007: Prelude
Gavottes 1 & 2 (from Cello Suite No. 6) BWV1012
Partita for solo violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV1002: Bourrée
Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV1009: Courante
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: Sicilienne
Lute Suite No. 1 in E minor, BWV996: Bourrée
Waltz, Op. 39 No. 8 in B flat major
Capriccio diabolico (Homage to Paganini)
Prelude Op. 28 No. 7 in A major
Passacaille in G minor
Homenaje a Debussy
Air & Variations
Sonata in C major, Op. 15 (Allegro spiritoso)
Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Tonadillas: No. 7, La maja de Goya
Danza española, Op. 37 No. 10 'Melancólica'
Danza española, Op. 37 No. 5 'Andaluza'
Lyric Pieces Op. 47: No. 3 - Melody
Suite in G minor, HWV 453: Allegretto grazioso
Gavotte in G major, HWV 491 (transposed to A major)
Sarabande from Suite in D minor, HWV437
Minuet in G major, HWV 531 (transposed to D major)
Minuet and Trio in D
El Noi de la Mare (The Mother's Son)
El Testament d'Amelia (Amelia's Testament)
Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 6 in A minor 'Venetianisches Gondellied'
Pavanes VI & IV
Romanesca o Guardame las vacas
Prelude / Ballet and Gigue (originally attributed to S.L. Weiss)
Andantino variato on a theme by Paganini
Prelude No. 7 in A major
Prelude No. 2 in A minor
Prelude No. 9 in E major
Prelude No. 8 in F sharp major
Prelude No. 13 in F sharp major
Prelude No. 11 in B major
Mexican Folksong No. 3 La Valentina
Theme Varie et Finale
Minuet in G major
Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894: Menuetto
Frühlingsgruss Op. 79/4
Grande Sonate, Op. 25, "Guitar Sonata No. 2": Allegro non troppo
Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9
Albada (from: Piezas características)
Sonatina in A major for solo guitar
Etude for Guitar, W 235 No. 7 in E major
Prelude No. 1 in E minor
Suite in D minor
For the first time, this budget priced 6 CD collection re-presents Segovia’s highly-prized recordings made for American Decca in the 1940s and 1950s, when he was arguably at the height of his powers. Here are the first six albums released by the label in that now legendary series, presented for the first time in original LP couplings and with their striking original-sleeve artwork: Andrés Segovia Guitar Solos; An Andrés Segovia Recital; An Andrés Segovia Concert; An Andrés Segovia Program; An Evening with Andrés Segovia; Andrés Segovia Plays…
Many of these 80+ tracks are appearing on Deutsche Grammophon for the first time. The set has been newly remastered, with a minimum of intervention, from original tapes or tape copies of original glass masters. Like the best whisky, Segovia’s art is unfiltered on these CDs. The results reveal a new intimacy and delicacy in these six classic recitals that are wholly captivating.
The package: Mini-LP sleeves (front and back), CD booklet (in the style of the The Martha Argerich Collection) has new liner notes by Segovia expert Graham Wade comprising introduction and annotations on each of the albums, with colour minis.
Arrangements & transcriptions by Andres Segovia
“This is Segovia absolutely in his prime, tackling everything from Frescobaldi, Handel and Haydn through Mendelssohn and Franck to Falla, Villa-Lobos and Tansman with his inimitable combination of childlike innocence and arch sophistication. Sensitively remastered and with excellent notes by Segovia expert Graham Wade...” Gramophone Magazine, September 2009
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