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A Playful Collection
This collection is a happy musical convergence of deep scholarship and imaginative improvisation, performed here by Ronn McFarlane on Renaissance and Baroque lutes and his Baltimore Consort bandmate Mindy Rosenfeld on various flutes and fifes, as well as harp and bagpipe, all built to period specifications. The music presented spans the 16th through the 18th centuries and includes English, Irish and Scottish tunes, in addition to material from Italy, Germany, France and Flanders.
Avoiding the manuscript and “authentic” performance practice-obsessed approach advocated by many in today’s musica antigua movement, this duo chooses instead to mix and match (and, sometimes, juxtapose) the harmonic and rhythmic variety of their sources, adapting music originally intended for other instruments (like “Lady Carey’s Dompe”, a virginal piece) or improvising a harp part to go with an established Adrien LeRoy tune. The result is a sound that is lively and spontaneous, like a private jam session by two very well traveled court musicians who’ve known and played with each other for decades.
Cleanly recorded, with clear and concise liner notes by Ms. Rosenfeld regarding the sources of the music and the instruments used by the performers, “Nine Notes That Shook The World” is another example of the kind of excellent specialist work done by the Sono Luminus label.
A must-have for students and fans of Renaissance and Baroque music, this recording will be a pleasant surprise to the general listener who thinks of early music as dry and academic; these two great American virtuosi opt for a more playful attitude that manages to make even four hundred year old music sound fresh.
Highest possible recommendation, 10 out of 10.
- Oscar O. Veteranomore....
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