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Spanish Gypsies - Celtic & Spanish Music In Shakespeare's England


Release Date: 02/06/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 77516  
Composer:  John PlayfordAnonymousTobias HumeAnthony Holborne,   ... 
Performer:  Steve PlayerAndrew Lawrence-KingRachel PodgerLee Santana,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A delightful medley, musically as well as musicologically, the 18 different instruments being combined with great imagination.

The subtitle of this album says more about its content than does the main one. There is much titular reference to Spain and to gypsies, but only in ‘The Spanish Jeepsies’ do the two come together. It seems that in Shakespeare’s time Spanish popular tunes were perceived as being of gypsy origin. More to the point, the programme is skilfully devoted to showing the influence of Celtic and Spanish idioms on English popular music – a difficult, labyrinthine process that it’s not particularly helpful to try to summarise here, but it is well covered in Lawrence-King’s annotation.

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Read more I’s Consorte opened the way for courtly instruments to ‘fraternise’ with humbler ones, creating a variety of new sounds, and the Harp Consort take full advantage of this ‘social’ freedom. The eight players form a kaleidoscope of broken consorts drawn from the 18 instruments (plucked, bowed, blown and percussed) at their disposal, producing a remarkable spectrum of sound from the ethereal (‘Lady Louthians Lilt’) to the downright boisterous (‘The Wherligig’). Only five of the 23 items last for more than four minutes but one never has the impression of a trayful of canapes deputising for a good meal.

When it comes to putting together a coherent and well-researched programme of assorted small-scale items, only Peter Holman springs to mind as Andrew Lawrence-King’s peer. Excellent recording is the icing on this delectable cake, one that takes 71 minutes to enjoy.

-- John Duarte, Gramophone [11/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
The English Dancing Master: Scotch Cap by John Playford
Performer:  Steve Player (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Rachel Podger (Violin),
Lee Santana (Chitarrone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
2.
Rowallan Lute Book: The Gypsy Lilt by Anonymous
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
3.
The English Dancing Master: The Spanish gipsy by John Playford
Performer:  Lee Santana (Chitarrone), Steve Player (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp),
Nancy Hadden (Flute), Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Michael Metzler (Percussion)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
4.
The English Dancing Master: A new Scotch Jig by John Playford
Performer:  Rachel Podger (Violin), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Steve Player (Guitar)
5.
Fitzwilliam Virginal Book: The Irish Ho-Hoane by Anonymous
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Nancy Hadden (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: c1610 
6.
Musick's Hand-Maid: An Ayre called "Corke" by John Playford
Performer:  Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Rachel Podger (Violin),
Lee Santana (Chitarrone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1663; England 
7.
Musick's Hand-Maid: Sarabande to "Corke" by John Playford
Performer:  Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Rachel Podger (Violin),
Lee Santana (Chitarrone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1663; England 
8.
Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke: A Spanish Humour - Lord Hayes favoret by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Lee Santana (Chitarrone), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Steve Player (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
9.
Muy Linda by Anthony Holborne
Performer:  Lee Santana (Chitarrone), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Steve Player (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
10.
Rowallan Lute Book: Gregory Walker - Quadran Pavan by Anonymous
Performer:  Lee Santana (Chitarrone), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba),
Steve Player (Guitar), Michael Metzler (Percussion)
11.
Matthew Otley's Cittern Book: Gregory Walker - Buffins by Anonymous
Performer:  Lee Santana (Chitarrone), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba),
Steve Player (Guitar), Michael Metzler (Percussion)
Period: Baroque 
Written: c1600; England 
12.
Osborne's Commonplace Book: Gregory Walker - Hay de Gie by Anonymous
Performer:  Lee Santana (Chitarrone), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba),
Steve Player (Guitar), Michael Metzler (Percussion)
Period: Baroque 
Written: c1650; England 
13.
Trenchmore by Anonymous
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Lee Santana (Chitarrone)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
14.
Spagnoletta by Giles Farnaby
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Steve Player (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
15.
Dean Higgin's Commonplace Book: Rownde Scottishe tune by Anonymous
Performer:  Lee Santana (Chitarrone), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba),
Steve Player (Guitar), Michael Metzler (Percussion)
Period: Baroque 
Written: c1615 
16.
The English Dancing Master: The Wherligig by John Playford
Performer:  Steve Player (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Rachel Podger (Violin),
Lee Santana (Chitarrone)
17.
Mal Sims by Giles Farnaby
Performer:  Steve Player (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Lee Santana (Chitarrone),
Keith McGowan (Shawm)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
18.
The English Dancing Master: Pakingtons Pound by John Playford
Performer:  Steve Player (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Rachel Podger (Violin),
Keith McGowan (Shawm)
19.
The English Dancing Master: Punks Delight by John Playford
Performer:  Michael Metzler (Percussion), Steve Player (Guitar), Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Lee Santana (Chitarrone), Keith McGowan (Shawm)
20.
The English Dancing Master: Lull me beyond thee by John Playford
Performer:  Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Baroque 
21.
Robert Edwards' Commonplace Book: Lady Louthians Lilt by Anonymous
Performer:  Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Nancy Hadden (Flute), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp),
Steve Player (Guitar), Lee Santana (Chitarrone), Michael Metzler (Percussion),
Rachel Podger (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: c1650 
22.
The Gypsies Song by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Steve Player (Guitar),
Lee Santana (Chitarrone), Michael Metzler (Percussion)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1621 
23.
Gypsies' Round, MB 80 by William Byrd
Performer:  Steve Player (Guitar), Hille Perl (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp),
Lee Santana (Chitarrone)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 

Featured Sound Samples

The English Dancing Master (Playford): The Spanish Gipsy (The Spanish Jeepsies)
The English Dancing Master (Playford): The Wherligig

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