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Reviews: Pamela Thorby: Garden of Early Delights

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Site review by Polly Nomial August 22, 2008
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Quite simply, this disc is full of some of the most remarkable recorder playing one is ever likely to hear.

Appropriately, Pamela Thorby's instrument often sounds as though it is singing, for the disc is a compilation of songs in which the recorder takes the place of the voice. Dazzling in her virtuosity, Thorby gives very emotional readings of these songs; so much so that the words are not missed in the slightest. Andrew Lawrence-King is similarly inspired in his accompaniments and it is fitting that he gets his head in songs of Dowland, Ortiz and Marini. As a suggested sampler, try the opening track by Ortiz "Recercada segunda de tenore" - one can sense in the playing that there was a tremendous enjoyment about the project from both Thorby and Lawrence-King. Exhilarating and tender in equal measure, these artists fully capture the mood must surely have been the composers intention - even if the instrumentation is slightly different from the original!

The recording, made in The National Centre for Early Music (York) is very good in the sense that all one hears is the artists making wonderful music in a lovely church acoustic.

Highly recommended.

The contents of the disc is as follows:

Diego Ortiz: Recercada segunda de tenore
Jacob van Eyck: Wat zal men op den Avand doen; Derde, Doen Daphne d'over#; Boffons
Dario Castello: Sonata seconda a soprano solo
John Dowland: Sorrow, sorrow stay*
Johann Schop: Lachrime Pavaen
John Dowland: Weep you no more*
Giovanni Bassano: Susanne ung jour
Diego Ortiz: Recercada segunda de canto llano*
Giovanni Battista Fontana: Sonata sesta
Biagio Marini: Passacalio*
Giovanni Battista Fontana: Sonata seconda
Jacob van Eyck: Amarilli mia bella
Diego Ortiz: Recercada prima sobre doulce mémoire*
Giovanni Bassano: Frais et gaillard

#: for recorder only
*: for harp only

Copyright © 2008 John Broggio and

Review by FunkyMonkey July 22, 2008 (2 of 15 found this review helpful)
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The music is certainly not my cup of tea, and I don't think this disk benefits greatly, if at all from being on SACD, and certainly not from being multi-channel, given that it is just two instruments playing infront of you, neither of which require high-resolution to reproduce their sound.

Having said that, if you like this kind of music (as well as getting your pulse checked) it might be worth checking out.

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