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Ancient Airs & Dances / Paul O'Dette, Rogers Covey-Crump


Release Date: 05/11/2004 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55146   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Simone MolinaroVincenzo GalileiAnonymousFabricio Caroso,   ... 
Performer:  Paul O'DetteJohn HollowayChristel ThielmannNigel North,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Time was when the majority of records of late medieval and renaissance music were made up of social music and above all dances; it was almost an inevitable stage in the creation of a taste for the music of the period that it was initially represented by an essentially unrepresentative aspect of its soundworld, almost as if the eighteenth century had been portrayed with Mozart's German Dances to the fore but without the opera and the piano concerto. Now all that has changed as more and more of the major works are recorded, but there is still a place for sensitively-performed selections of the lighter repertories, and the present record is an attractive example.

The inspiration for the selection itself is Respighi's three
Read more popular orchestral suites called Ancient Airs and Dances, and Paul O'Dette has carried out an interesting piece of detective work in tracking down Respighi's sources (the composer himself disguised them) to the transcriptions of the pioneering Italian musicologist Oscar Chilesotti. One of the most attractive features of the performances themselves is their varied timbre; O'Dette himself plays both the eight- and ten-course lute, archlute and even (on the final track) a baroque guitar, and Nigel North adds a bass lute to Besard's Bransles de village. The readings of these instrumental pieces are neatly tailored and graciously shaped whilst still retaining that flexibility of rhythm and tactus that are the hallmark of the style. Then, in addition, there is Rogers Covey-Crump's gentle rendering of Boësset's Divine Amaryllis, and above all his quietly elegiac account of six airs de cour by Jean-Baptiste Besard. The lightness of his tone is well suited to the mood of these pieces, and the carefully-considered improvised embellishment is a nice and appropriate touch. Finally, both violin and viol make a brief appearance in a single track, Laura soave based on the famous Ball del Granduca from the 1589 Florentine intermedi, one of the most exploited bass patterns of its time.

All in all this is a delightful record, sensitively recorded to capture all the immediacy of these simple, domestic pieces.

-- Gramophone [4/1988]
Review of original release
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Works on This Recording

1. Ballo detto il Conte Orlando by Simone Molinaro
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
2. Saltarello del predetto ballo by Simone Molinaro
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
3. Polymnia by Vincenzo Galilei
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
4. Chilesotti Lutebook: Volte by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1590; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
5. Chilesotti Lutebook: Villanella by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1590; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
6. Chilesotti Lutebook: Italiana by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1590; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
7. Chilesotti Lutebook: Passo mezzo bonissimo by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1590; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
8. Barriera by Fabricio Caroso
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
9. Laura Soave by Fabricio Caroso
Performer:  John Holloway (Violin), Paul O'Dette (Lute), Christel Thielmann (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
10. Branles de Village by Jean Baptiste Besard
Performer:  Nigel North (Bass Lute), Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
11. Chilesotti Lutebook: Campanae Parisienses by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1590; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
12. Airs de cour: Divine Amaryllis by Antoine Boësset
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1636; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
13. Il liuto: Bergamasca by Bernardo Gianoncelli
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
14. La Cesarina by Santino da Parma Garsi
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
15. Airs de Cour: C'est malheur by Jean Baptiste Besard
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
16. Airs de Cour: Beaux yeux by Jean Baptiste Besard
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
17. Airs de Cour: La voila la nacelle d'amour by Jean Baptiste Besard
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
18. Airs de Cour: Quelle Divinité by Jean Baptiste Besard
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
19. Airs de Cour: Si c'est pour mon pucellage by Jean Baptiste Besard
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
20. Chilesotti Lutebook: Spagnoletta by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1590; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
21. Capricci armonici sopra la chitarra spagnola: Passacaglia by Ludovico Roncalli
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1692; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
22. Tasteggiata by Bernardo Gianoncelli
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: 08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 
23. Airs de Cour: Adieu bergère by Pierre Guédron
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranger: Jean Baptiste Besard.
08/28/1986 - 08/29/1986 

Featured Sound Samples

Saltarello del predetto ballo (Molinaro)
Il liuto (Gianoncelli): Bergamasca

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Music to make one's heart jump January 10, 2014 By S Cohenroellvaneyck (SOUTH WENTWORTHVILLE, NSW) See All My Reviews "There are 3 suites with some 8 pieces each. These beautifully played simple melodies are like ballads, some are hopping as children songs do and stately gay evening entertainment on a variety of baroque instruments and there is a song or two. Play one suite before playing the next. I am sure some will recognise melodies as old welcome friends" Report Abuse
 Delightful Collection of Lyrical Gems December 17, 2013 By David Horne (Cincinnati, OH) See All My Reviews "This CD is excellent both for the gentle musicality employed by the sensitive artist and for the discriminating selection of lyrical pieces. If, like me, you compile elaborate playlists, these selections offer a charming contrast to the madrigals and vocal solos of Renaissance music. They diverse range of moods will greatly enhance any program by the King's Singers, Hilliard Ensemble, Boston Camerata, Ann Azema, Waverly Consort, or Toronto Consort." Report Abuse
 Built-In Interest December 12, 2013 By James M. (Lenox, MA) See All My Reviews "Those who are familiar with Respighi's three sets of Ancient Dances and Airs and are curious about his sources can now hear the originals, played on the lute, the instrument for which they were originally written thanks to Paul O'Dette, who tracked them down. You might enjoy this collection even if you don't know Respighi's beautiful arrangements." Report Abuse
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