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Dancing In The Isles / Musica Pacifica

Release Date: 10/20/2010 
Label:  Cd Baby   Catalog #: 26131182  
Composer:  TraditionalJames OswaldMatthew LockeNicola Matteis,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An interesting and companionable disc.

The purpose of this disc is said to be to reflect the various musical cross-currents that existed in the British Isles in the 17 th and 18 th centuries. Whilst it would be unreasonable to expect that this could be wholly achieved in a single disc restricted to instrumental music, it certainly shows the way in which British music was enriched by a variety of influences and styles, in particular those of Scotland, Italy and France. This is most obvious in the works by Oswald and Veracini, which use Scottish or Scottish-type tunes in a formal context deriving from Italian examples. Both are immensely entertaining works, melodically rich and individual in
Read more character. Matthew Locke’s Suite and the Masque Dances are more obviously English in origin, as are the Ayres by Matteis, although there the Italian influence is stronger. Purcell as usual manages to turn French influences into something very English in character.

What matters, however, much more than trying to identify the derivations of each of the works is just how good they are as music, and the extent to which the performers have captured their individual characters. Even if none of the works here apart from the Purcell are out and out masterpieces almost all are worth hearing. The haunting Veracini movement is my personal favourite, but the general standard is high. The various folk dances are given in arrangements which clearly update them without turning them into wholly modern pieces. Better still, none outstay their welcome and all respect the basic character of the music.

The playing is crisp and varied, making good use of period instruments and style. My only doubt is over the Oswald where the whole point is surely that the “wild” Scottish tunes were being clothed in the respectable dress of a Trio Sonata. To play the tunes in a “folksy” style tends to spoil the joke, although I must admit to enjoying the final result. Indeed I enjoyed the disc as a whole. It is well recorded and well presented with good notes. Maybe I did not find myself dancing in the aisles, but I was not far off it. This is an interesting and companionable disc.

-- John Sheppard, MusicWeb International


Trad arr Musica Pacifica
Five English Country Dances [9:19]
Various composers including William BYRD (c.1543-1623), Giles FARNABY (c.1563-1640) Robert JOHNSON (c.1583-1633)
An English Court Masque [11:02]
James OSWALD (1710-1769)
Sonata in D minor on Scots Tunes [10:56]
Matthew LOCKE (c.1621-1677)
Suite No 4 in C major [8:49]
Trad arr Elizabeth Blumenstock
Five Scots tunes [6:58]
Five Irish tunes [7:18]
Nicola MATTEIS (c.1714)
Ayres in G major [9:25]
Francesco VERACINI (1690-1768)
Scozzese from Sonata in A major Op 2 No 9 [6:11]
Henry PURCELL (1659-1695)
Three Parts upon a Ground Z.731 [4:55]

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Works on This Recording

Newcastle by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Rufty Tufty by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
Irish Air by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
Scotch Cap by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
Period: Renaissance 
Jack's Maggot by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
The Temple Anticke by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
La Volta by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
A Sonata of Scots Tunes by James Oswald
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740; Scotland 
Duos (12) in Suites (4) for 2 Bass Viola da gambas: no 4 in C major by Matthew Locke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1652; England 
Ayres for the Violin: Excerpt(s) by Nicola Matteis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Sonatas (12) accademiche for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 2: no 9 in A major - Scozzese by Francesco Maria Veracini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
Three on a Ground by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Kid on the Mountain by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Pacifica

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