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The Nightingale and the Butterfly / Pamela Thorby, Elizabeth Kenny

D'hervelois / De Visee / Philidor / Thorby / Kenny
Release Date: 06/01/2010 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 341   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles DieupartFrançois CouperinAnne Danican PhilidorRobert de Visée,   ... 
Performer:  Elizabeth KennyPamela Thorby
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is a highly engaging disc that should not be limited to admirers of early music. More people have heard Pamela Thorby than are aware of having done so; she has been included in several of Karl Jenkins’s Adiemus projects. (She also is a member of the Palladian Ensemble.) I’m sorry if anyone reading this likes Karl Jenkins, but her talents are better used here than there. Elizabeth Kenny is also a solo artist in her own right; a Hyperion CD of hers (Flying Horse) was released last year. Individually, each musician is a delight. Together, they enjoy a special musical rapport, and the delight therefore is not doubled but squared.

Thorby plays several instruments on this disc, all of them modern copies of period instruments.
Read more The “voice flute” used in the Dieupart is a tenor recorder in D. The “fourth flute” is a soprano recorder in B?. Kenny plays three separate instruments, and again, each one is a modern copy.

The booklet indicates that “all performing and recorded editions of these works have been made by Pamela Thorby and Elizabeth Kenny from facsimiles of the original manuscripts.” In other words, there are few works specifically intended for this combination of instruments, and Thorby and Kenny have engaged in the defensible practice of arranging the music for this program. For example, the three selections by Couperin originated as works for harpsichord. In the works by Louis Caix d’Hervelois, Anne-Danican Philidor (a man, in spite of his given name, and one of many musical Philidors), and Charles Dieupart, a recorder part already existed, but Kenny’s part had to be created from the basso continuo or harpsichord part. (I apologize if I don’t have these details exactly right, but the booklet note is not ideally clear about what originally was composed for whom.) Nothing about the arrangements sounds contrived, though, or unsympathetic to the spirit of the music.

By the same token, the spirit of the music has been honored through Thorby’s and Kenny’s performances, which are fluid, as if they had been created on the spot. There’s nothing reverent and metronomic about this playing. These are not jazz musicians, of course, and these composers did not compose jazz, but something of jazz’s spontaneity, continuous dialogue, and flexibility informs all of the music-making on this disc.

The music itself is pretty terrific, too. Dieupart’s Suite No. 6, for example, is tender, fragile, and poignant, like a romantic memory that, although distant, still retains its power to evoke regretful contemplation. The works by Robert de Visée (Kenny’s opportunities to have the spotlight to herself on this disc) have a grave (but not morbid) dignity that makes them perfect for late-night listening. No wonder that, according to the booklet notes, Louis XIV requested this composer-performer’s musical services on occasion in the bedchamber of the ruler himself.

Reading the headnote, the origins of the nightingale are obvious, but what about the butterfly? The suite by d’Hervelois contains a movement marked “Papillon,” so there you go. It floats and flutters artlessly.

Linn’s engineers have provided sound that is intimate, warm, detailed, and finely balanced. As long as you keep the volume at realistic levels, the engineering will provide as much enjoyment as the performances and the repertoire.

-- Raymond Tuttle, FANFARE [11/2010]

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite for flute (or violin) & continuo No. 1 in A major by Charles Dieupart
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1701 
Venue:  The National Centre for Early Music, Yor 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3: Ordre 14 in D major/D minor - Le rossignol-en-amour by François Couperin
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Paris, France 
Venue:  The National Centre for Early Music, Yor 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3. Suite for flute (or violin) & continuo No. 6 in F minor by Charles Dieupart
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1701 
Venue:  The National Centre for Early Music, Yor 
Length: 13 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3: Ordre 14 in D major/D minor - Le rossignol-vainqueur by François Couperin
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Paris, France 
Venue:  The National Centre for Early Music, Yor 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
5. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3: Ordre 14 in D major/D minor - Le rossignol-en-amour by François Couperin
Performer:  Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Paris, France 
Venue:  The National Centre for Early Music, Yor 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6. Recorder Sonata in D minor (from Premier Livre de pièces) by Anne Danican Philidor
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1712 
Venue:  The National Centre for Early Music, Yor 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7. Work(s): Passacaille (ms Vaudry de Saizenay: late 17th century) by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  The National Centre for Early Music, Yor 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
8. Suite for flute (or recorder) & continuo in G major, Op. 6/3 by Louis d Caix d'Hervelois
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), Pamela Thorby (Recorder), Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  The National Centre for Early Music, Yor 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
9. Livre de guittarre dédié au roy: Suite no 3 in D minor by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo), Elizabeth Kenny (Archlute), Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  The National Centre for Early Music, Yor 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Pieces de Viole, Book 2: Suite No. 2 in G Major: I. Prelude: Tendrement
Pieces de Viole, Book 2: Suite No. 2 in G Major: II. Allemande
Pieces de Viole, Book 2: Suite No. 2 in G Major: III. Musette
Pieces de Viole, Book 2: Suite No. 2 in G Major: IV. Papillon: Vite
Pieces de Viole, Book 2: Suite No. 2 in G Major: V. La Lionnoise: Gravement
Pieces de Viole, Book 2: Suite No. 2 in G Major: VI. La Fanatique: Vivement
Pieces de Viole, Book 2: Suite No. 2 in G Major: VII. Air: Tendre
Passacaille
Recorder Sonata in D Minor: I. Lentement
Recorder Sonata in D Minor: II. Fugue
Recorder Sonata in D Minor: III. Courante
Recorder Sonata in D Minor: IV. Les note egale et detachez
Recorder Sonata in D Minor: V. Fugue
Suite No. 1 in A Major: I. Ouverture
Suite No. 1 in A Major: II. Allemande
Suite No. 1 in A Major: III. Courante
Suite No. 1 in A Major: IV. Sarabande
Suite No. 1 in A Major: V. Gavotte
Suite No. 1 in A Major: VI. Menuet
Suite No. 1 in A Major: VII. Gigue
Suite in D Minor [CKD341]: I. Prelude
Suite in D Minor [CKD341]: II. Ouverture de la Grotte de Versailles
Suite in D Minor [CKD341]: III. Courante
Suite in D Minor [CKD341]: IV. Sarabande
Suite in D Minor [CKD341]: V. Gigue
Suite in D Minor [CKD341]: VI. Contredanse
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 14th Ordre in D Major-minor (arr. for flute and continuo): Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 14th Ordre in D Major-minor: Le rossignol-en-amour, Lentement (arr. for recorder and continuo)
Suite No. 6 in F Minor: I. Ouverture
Suite No. 6 in F Minor: II. Allemande
Suite No. 6 in F Minor: III. Courante
Suite No. 6 in F Minor: IV. Sarabande
Suite No. 6 in F Minor: V. Gavotte
Suite No. 6 in F Minor: VI. Menuet
Suite No. 6 in F Minor: VII. Gigue
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 14th Ordre in D Major-minor (arr. for flute and continuo): Le rossignol-vainqueur, Tres legerement
Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 14th Ordre in D Major-minor (arr. for flute and continuo): Double du rossignol

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