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Songs of Yesterday

Catalogue numberBIS-1785 CD
Release date2010-10-28
Orig. sample rate88200Hz
Total time67:27

Dan Laurin has a reputation not just as a recorder virtuoso, but also for his great interest in and curiosity about the less well-known repertoire for the instrument. On disc he has performed not only staples such as concertos by Vivaldi and sonatas by Handel, but also earlier music - his recording of Jacob van Eyck's monumental Der Fluyten Lust-hof on nine discs has been called 'a standard to compare all others to' (American Record Guide) - as well as contemporary works, many of which have been composed especially for him. With Songs of Yesterday he opens up yet another, less familiar chapter in the history of recorder music: between 1939 and 1989 Carl Dolmetsch, the great pioneer in modern recorder playing, gave almost annual recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, for which he often commissioned works with piano or harpsichord accompaniment. This is described in the informative liner notes by Andrew Mayes, who has also published a book on the subject. In his own introduction to the disc, Laurin remarks upon 'Dolmetsch's ability to inspire composers to search for a contemporary idiom adequate for the instrument, resulting in an unparalleled number of top-quality works which unfortunately have been largely forgotten.' Among these, written by composers such as Edmund Rubbra and Lennox Berkeley, Laurin and his partner Anna Paradiso have selected seven pieces which, to quote Laurin once more, give his instrument a rare opportunity to 'sing like a French impressionist (Ravel, Debussy!) or a Russian modernist (Prokofiev!) - all of whom can be heard through the filter of this English, post-First World War melancholy longing.'
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Bowen, York
  Sonatina for Recorder and Piano, Op.121 11:40
01 I. Allegretto piacevole 03:40 $ 0.88 USD
02 II. Andante tranquillo 04:54 $ 1.18 USD
03 III. Allegro giocoso 03:06 $ 0.74 USD
  Composer: Rubbra, Edmund
  Sonatina for Treble Recorder and Harpsichord, Op.128 11:31
04 I. Allegretto comodo 03:55 $ 0.94 USD
05 II. Adagio mesto 03:18 $ 0.79 USD
06 III. Variations on ‘En la fuente del Rosel’. Moderato
04:18 $ 1.03 USD
  Composer: Scott, Cyril
  Aubade for treble recorder and piano
07 Molto moderato 08:56 $ 2.14 USD
  Composer: Murrill, Herbert
  Sonata for Treble Recorder and Harpsichord 07:21
08 I. Largo 01:53 $ 0.45 USD
09 II. Presto 02:01 $ 0.48 USD
10 III. Recitativo. Andante a piacere 02:14 $ 0.54 USD
11 IV. Finale. Allegro non troppo 01:13 $ 0.29 USD
  Composer: Leigh, Walter
  Sonatina for Treble Recorder and Piano 09:58
12 I. Allegretto 03:11 $ 0.76 USD
13 II. Larghetto, molto tranquillo 04:08 $ 0.99 USD
14 III. Allegro leggiero 02:39 $ 0.64 USD
  Composer: Rubbra, Edmund
  Passacaglia sopra ‘Plusieurs regrets’, Op.113 for treble
recorder and harpsichord
15 Allegretto moderato 04:54 $ 1.18 USD
  Composer: Berkeley, Lennox
  Sonatina for Treble Recorder and Piano, Op.13 10:45
16 I. Moderato 03:50 $ 0.92 USD
17 II. Adagio 04:45 $ 1.14 USD
18 III. Allegro moderato 02:10 $ 0.52 USD
  Album total 67:27
ComposerBerkeley, Lennox
Bowen, York
Leigh, Walter
Murrill, Herbert
Rubbra, Edmund
Scott, Cyril
RecorderLaurin, Dan
PianoParadiso, Anna
HarpsichordParadiso, Anna

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