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English Country Dances / Lawrence-King, O'Dette, Douglass


Release Date: 11/12/2002 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 3957186   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John PlayfordAnonymousTraditional
Performer:  Paul O'DetteAndrew Lawrence-KingDavid Douglass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Described in the booklet as "a 17th-century Jam Session", "Apollo's Banquet" explores the wonderful repertoire of English ballads and country dances which the publisher John Playford collected and published during the Interregnum and Restoration periods. Playford was a beady soul who knew his market, catching the public imagination in the easily assimilable didactic presentation of his publications and an acute awareness for growing musical fashion and influence. One trend favoured the violin, an instrument with a strong historical connection to dancing and which, in the reign of Charles 1, also became associated with the more rarefied consorts of the esoteric 1620s. As professional players emerged, so the amateur Read more tradition grew. Such a broad range of requirements gave rise to The Division Viol of 1659, which explored scordatura tuning, as well as expanding on Simpson's idea of passaggi variation, and added simple, unfigured basses to original tunes.

David Douglass and his continuo battery as distinguished a team as you will find in lutenist Paul O'Dette and the multifaceted harpist, Andrew Lawrence-King - draw the majority of their material from this source as well as Apollo's Banquet, a half-finished compendium of single-line tunes. Whilst these honest, contained and visceral melodies convey their message in the naked line, these are musicians who capture the flexibility of spontaneous-sounding arrangement, as the mood catches them. Douglass is a more modest virtuoso than, for example, Andrew Manze or Rachel Podger but he fairly rips through The Queen's Jigg, and Moll Peatly is brilliantly judged. The problem in longer division-ground pieces is that without a more colourful palette of violin sound, in a largely limited harmonic world, the eloquence of the glistening 'discants' from the continuo players tends to take on a disproportionate role in the musical argument. That is a small gripe since this is committed playing, and there is a real knowledge and feeling for the idiom. The characterization of Long Cold Nights, justly crystalline and frosty, and The Glory of the Sun, is admirable.

-- Gramophone [9/1986]
reviewing the original release of this title
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Works on This Recording

1. Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin: Tom Scarlett by John Playford
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Theorbo), Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp), David Douglass (Violin),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp), Paul O'Dette (Guitar),
Paul O'Dette (Cittern)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1669; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2. Old Simon the King by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Theorbo), Paul O'Dette (Cittern), David Douglass (Violin),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp),
Paul O'Dette (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Playford (by 1684) 
3. Division Violin: Another Division on a Ground by Mr. John Banister by John Playford
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp), David Douglass (Violin), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp),
Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp), Paul O'Dette (Cittern),
Paul O'Dette (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1684; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 9 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4. Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin: Moll Peatly, or The Old Marinett by John Playford
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Cittern), Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp), Paul O'Dette (Theorbo), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp),
David Douglass (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1669; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5. Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin: The Bear's Dance by John Playford
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp), Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp),
Paul O'Dette (Theorbo), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), David Douglass (Violin),
Paul O'Dette (Cittern)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1669; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
6. Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin: Hunsdon House by John Playford
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Paul O'Dette (Theorbo), Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp), David Douglass (Violin), Paul O'Dette (Cittern),
Paul O'Dette (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1669; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7. Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin: Sir Martin Marah's Jigg by John Playford
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Cittern), Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp), Paul O'Dette (Theorbo), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp),
David Douglass (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1669; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
8. Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin: Fy Nay, Prithee John by John Playford
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp), David Douglass (Violin), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp),
Paul O'Dette (Theorbo), Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp),
Paul O'Dette (Cittern)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1690; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
9. Paul's Steeple by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Cittern), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp),
David Douglass (Violin), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp), Paul O'Dette (Guitar),
Paul O'Dette (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Playford (by 1684) 
10. Glory of the West by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Cittern)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Playford (1666) 
11. Music's Delight on the Cithren: The Mock Glory of the West by John Playford
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Cittern)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1666; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
12. Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin: The Glory of the Sun by John Playford
Performer:  David Douglass (Violin), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Paul O'Dette (Cittern),
Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Paul O'Dette (Theorbo), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1669; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
13. Division Violin: Faronell's Division on a Ground by John Playford
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Cittern), Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Paul O'Dette (Theorbo),
David Douglass (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1684; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
14. Division Violin: Prelude by John Playford
Performer:  David Douglass (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1684; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
15. Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin: Long Cold Nights by John Playford
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Cittern), Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp),
Paul O'Dette (Theorbo), Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp),
David Douglass (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1687; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
16. Division Violin: Johnny Cock Thy Beaver by John Playford
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp), Paul O'Dette (Theorbo),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), David Douglass (Violin), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp),
Paul O'Dette (Cittern)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1684; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
17. Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Cittern)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Playford (by 1666) 
18. Stingo by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Cittern)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: John Playford (by 1666) 
19. Cockleshells by Traditional
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp), Paul O'Dette (Theorbo), Paul O'Dette (Guitar),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp), Paul O'Dette (Cittern), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp),
David Douglass (Violin)
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: John Playford (by 1698) 
20. Division Violin: Another Division on a Ground by Mr. P. B. by John Playford
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Cittern), David Douglass (Violin), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp), Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp),
Paul O'Dette (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1684; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
21. The English Dancing Master: Queen's Jigg by John Playford
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Cittern), Andrew Lawrence-King (Irish Harp), Paul O'Dette (Theorbo),
David Douglass (Violin), Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Double Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1698; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Atmospheric  June 14, 2013 By Peter G. (Lees Summit, MO) See All My Reviews "As a fan of early music, I was really looking forward to hearing this combination of artists playing what was for me a new collection of dances. As usual, O'Dette and Lawrence-King do not disappoint. This particular CD builds really well to a series of complex dance tunes at the end. A joyful evening of listening. I have five other albums featuring Lawrence-King consort and solo offerings and though all are good, this one is perhaps the best." Report Abuse
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