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Airs and Graces - Scottish Tunes and London Sonatas

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Catalogue numberBIS-1595 SACD
Release date2008-06-25
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time65:47

London in the early 1700s offered a dazzling mix of virtually every European musical style. This bustling environment attracted both students of music (such as the young Swedish composer Roman) and established musicians, eager to make their mark – Handel and Geminiani being two of the brightest shining stars. But new influences did not only come from across the Channel. 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. Corelli & Co, the group’s previous CD on BIS, was hailed as ‘a truly inspirational disc for anyone who regards the baroque original as a starting point for individual expression’ in Early Music Review. Chances are that many will receive just as much inspiration from this new disc.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Traditional
01 Lord Aboynes welcome or Cumbernault house 02:12 $ 0.46 USD
  Composer: Traditional
02 Waly waly 01:26 $ 0.30 USD
  Composer: Traditional
03 Clout the Cauldron 01:52 $ 0.39 USD
  Composer: Stanley, John
  Solo IV in B minor from Op.4, for flute and basso continuo 07:11
04 Adagio 02:38 $ 0.55 USD
05 Poco Allegro 02:38 $ 0.55 USD
06 Gigg 01:55 $ 0.40 USD
  Composer: Traditional
07 Lochaber 03:13 $ 0.68 USD
  Composer: Traditional
08 Fy gar rub her o’er with straw 03:57 $ 0.83 USD
  Composer: Traditional
09 Busk ye busk ye Bonny Bride 04:57 $ 1.04 USD
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
  Sonata in B minor for flute and basso continuo, HWV376 06:31
10 Adagio 01:52 $ 0.39 USD
11 Allegro 01:57 $ 0.41 USD
12 Largo 01:19 $ 0.28 USD
13 Allegro 01:23 $ 0.29 USD
  Composer: Geminiani, Francesco
  Sonata in C major for cello and basso continuo, Op.5 No.3 12:11
14 Andante 01:52 $ 0.39 USD
15 Allegro 04:06 $ 0.86 USD
16 Affettuoso 03:13 $ 0.68 USD
17 Allegro 03:00 $ 0.63 USD
  Composer: Traditional
18 The Flowers of the Forrest 01:59 $ 0.42 USD
  Composer: Traditional
19 Dumbarton’s drums 01:13 $ 0.26 USD
  Composer: Traditional
20 Logan Water 02:05 $ 0.44 USD
  Composer: Roman, Johan Helmich
  Sonata X in E minor for flute and basso continuo, BeRI 210 11:30
21 Larghetto 02:49 $ 0.59 USD
22 Andante 02:55 $ 0.61 USD
23 Piva 02:23 $ 0.50 USD
24 Non Presto 02:42 $ 0.57 USD
25 Villanella 00:41 $ 0.14 USD
  Composer: Händel, Georg Friedrich
26 Minuetto from Sonata in E minor, HWV375 03:22 $ 0.71 USD
  Album total 65:47
Baroque ensembleParnassus Avenue
ComposerGeminiani, Francesco
Händel, Georg Friedrich
Roman, Johan Helmich
Stanley, John
RecorderLaurin, Dan

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