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O Lux Beata - Renaissance Harp Music / Baxter, Herreid, Etc


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 93193   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bartolomeo TromboncinoJacques ModerneAntonio De CabezónEnríquez de Valderrábano,   ... 
Performer:  Becky BaxterTom ZajacTherese HoneyGrant Herreid,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's hard to say just what kind of market there is for a disc of Renaissance harp music, but there's no denying the agreeable, even soothing sound of these instruments--and there are several different types featured here--played with such conviction, clear articulation, and sensitivity by harpist Becky Baxter. Although among plucked stringed instruments we more often hear from the guitar, lute, and theorbo, in Renaissance Europe the harp held enough importance that, although comparatively small in quantity, music was published specifically for it, most notably in Spanish manuscripts. Given the nature of the instrument, primarily its role in accompanying songs and dances, much of the harp's solo music reflects its association with those Read more traditional, popular forms, from engagingly melodic chansons to highly rhythmic dance styles. We get a fair selection of all of these kinds of pieces among the disc's 25 tracks, but on several tunes Baxter also is joined by instruments such as Baroque violin, an additional harp, guitar, and even bagpipes. For the pieces with bagpipe, the harp is fitted with "brays", which are special wooden pins set in the soundboard so the vibrating string will buzz against them. Together, the reedy sound of the bagpipes and the buzzing harp strings produce a wild and very colorful effect that's impossible to ignore. Baxter is one of the world's most accomplished and versatile masters of these difficult instruments, and she makes it all sound effortless. She also supplies informative liner notes and presents the whole program in excellent sound.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Del tuo bel volto by Bartolomeo Tromboncino
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1508; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Transcribed: Tromboncino (lute intabulation) 
2.
Branles de bourgogne (3) by Jacques Moderne
Performer:  Tom Zajac (Bagpipe), Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Becky Baxter and Tom Zajac 
3.
O lux beata trinitas by Antonio De Cabezón
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Luis de Venegas de Henestrosa, 'Libro de cifra nueva' (1557)
Arranged: Becky Baxter (last two verses) 
4.
Contrapunto sobre el tenor del "Conde Claros" by Enríquez de Valderrábano
Performer:  Therese Honey (Harp), Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1547; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Basse danse(s) by Pierre Attaingnant
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6.
Pour ung plaisir by Claude de Sermisy
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp), Grant Herreid (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1536; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Becky Baxter 
7.
La folia by Anonymous
Performer:  Grant Herreid (Vihuela), Paul Shipper (Guitar), Alan Austin (Violin),
Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 9 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Ensemble players 
8.
Surge cor lasso by Bartolomeo Tromboncino
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1508; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Transcribed: Tromboncino (lute intabulation) 
9.
Veni creator spiritus by Antonio De Cabezón
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
10.
First Dance Book: no 28, Galliard by Pierre Attaingnant
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1530; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11.
Balle and Branles by Pierre Attaingnant
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp), Tom Zajac (Bagpipe)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1529; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Becky Baxter and Tom Zajac 
12.
Pavanne "Bel fiore" by Pierre Attaingnant
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1531; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
13.
Basse danses (18): Gaillarde by Pierre Attaingnant
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1530; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
14.
Libro de cifra nueva: Fantasia for Vihuela no 13 by Luis de Venegas
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
15.
Cancionero musical de Palacio: A la mia gran pena forte by Anonymous
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp), Tom Zajac (Tenor Recorder)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1520; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
16.
Cancionero musical de Palacio: So el encina by Anonymous
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp), Grant Herreid (Vihuela)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1520; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Becky Baxter and Grant Herreid 
17.
Entra Mayo y sale Abril by Anonymous
Performer:  Grant Herreid (Vihuela), Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Becky Baxter and Grant Herreid 
18.
Il vero modo di diminuir, libri 1 et 2: Frais et gaillard by Girolamo Dalla Casa
Performer:  Grant Herreid (Lute), Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1584; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Becky Baxter and Grant Herreid 
19.
Piva by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
Performer:  Tom Zajac (Bagpipe), Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Becky Baxter and Tom Zajac 
20.
Fantasy in mode 2 by F Thomas de Santa Maria
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
21.
Fantasy in mode 8 by F Thomas de Santa Maria
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1565; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
22.
Un gay bergier by Ricardo Rognono
Performer:  Grant Herreid (Lute), Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Becky Baxter and Grant Herreid 
23.
Intabolatura di varie sorte di balle...Libro primo (Venice, 1551): L'herba fresca gagliarda by Anonymous
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1551; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
24.
Trop lonc temps by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Grant Herreid (Lute), Therese Honey (Harp), Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Becky Baxter 
25.
O occhi manza mia by Orlando de Lassus
Performer:  Becky Baxter (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Heights Sound Studio, Houston, Texas 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Becky Baxter 

Sound Samples

Del tuo bel volto
Branles de Bourgoigne
O Lux Beata Trinitas
Conde Claros
Folia [Biblioteca Nacionale in Madrid, 17th Century]: Folia
Basse dance (dor-93193): Basse dance
Pour ung plaisir
Gaillarde (dor-93193): Gaillarde
Balle and Branles
Fantasia XIII de vihuela
A la mia (dor-93193): A la mia
Veni Creator Spiritus
Frais et gaillard
Piva
Fantasia octavi toni
So ell encina
Fantasia secundi toni
Entra Mayo
Surge cor lasso
Ung gay Bergier
O occhi manza mia, cigli dorati
I, Herba Fresca gagliarda
Pavane: Bel fiore
Gaillarde No. 2
Trop lonc temps ai este en desplaisir

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