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Flying Horse - Music From The Ml Lutebook / Elizabeth Kenny


Release Date: 09/08/2009 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67776   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John DowlandAnthony HolborneAnonymousRobert Johnson,   ... 
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



FLYING HORSE—MUSIC FROM THE ML LUTEBOOK Elizabeth Kenny (lt) HYPERION 67776 (70: 50)


HOLBORNE Mr Holborn’s Last Will and Testament. ANON Tom of Bedlam. John come kiss me now . 3 Corants. The Battle . Corant, “de la Durette.” The Noble Man . Read more Allmayne and Corant. Gray’s Inn Maske. The Flying Horse. JOHNSON 3 Pavins. Allmaynes: “The Prince’s Almain”; “Hit it and take it.” PERRICHON Corant, “Le testament.” BACHELER A Gallyard by Mr Dan Bacheler. DOWLAND A Gallyard upon the Gallyard before. The Battle Galliard. BALLARD La courante sarabande. D’ORLÉANS A volte. STURT A volte


Let me start, unusually enough, with praise for the remarkably fine liner notes to this album written by Kenny. She brings out the crazy-quilt background of the so-called ML Lutebook , the way it was passed along from one anonymous transcriber to another, and, judging from handwriting samples, occasionally back again, for a total of 15 distinctive and anonymous contributors. Kenny touches upon other, similar compilations made for and by several young upper middleclass ladies, at a time when expertise in certain arts and crafts was considered to improve both their character and marriageability. Kenny covers in fascinating detail the issue of ornamentation, both in its period and specifically instrumental context, as well as the advanced level to which it is specifically brought in the ML Lutebook . Several of the selections are tangentially discussed under headings for pavans, courantes, galliards, and tunes/grounds, with a mind to establish a genre’s character and heighten a particular detail—such as referring to the manner in which both C-Minor pavans by Johnson on the disc revel in the richly chthonic lower reaches of the lute, or how Dowland’s Lachrymae theme seems to haunt the second, “leaving a dark sense that the world is more complicated than when the older tune was written.” Above all, she never condescends, but explains at length in a way that assumes intelligence on the part of her readers. Good for her!


As for the music, it is always interesting, whether at its tuneful simplest ( The Noble Man, John come kiss me now ) or most moving ( Mr Holborn’s Last Will and Testament ). It holds the same fascination that the ephemera of people long gone have always held for many of us, whether it is the kindly household instructions of an elderly French merchant of the Renaissance to his young wife, or the scatological humor of a medieval monk jotted on the edge of some liturgical manuscript. When this humanity surfaces at a certain level within the arts, our interest peaks, without regard to the size or simplicity of the forms involved. So it does, here.


Kenny’s performances are technically expert, not a metaphorical hair out of place in The Flying Horse , Ballard’s Italianate La courante sarabande , or Dowland’s A Gallyard upon the Gallyard before . They are invariably sensitive, with especial attention paid to suppleness of phrasing. She never shortchanges ornamentation, and incorporates rhetorical pauses in the musical texture of the slower works into her sound to great effect. All the material she plays is treated with an identical attention to detail and shaping, regardless of tempo or weight.


With excellent sound, what is there to add? Top marks all around.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Battle Galliard by John Dowland
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Pavans, Galliards, Almaines (65): Last will and testament by Anthony Holborne
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3.
Tom of Bedlam by Anonymous
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4.
John come kiss me now by Anonymous
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5.
A Pavin by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6.
Corant by Anonymous
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
7.
Corant (Le Testament) by Julien Perrichon
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8.
The Battle by Anonymous
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
9.
A Gallyard by Mr. Dan Bacheler by Daniel Bacheler
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
10.
A Gallyard upon the Gallyard before by John Dowland
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
11.
Corant (de la Durette) by Anonymous
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
12.
La Courante Sarabande (attrib.) by Robert Ballard
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
13.
A Volte by Mercure D'orléans
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
14.
A Volte by John Sturt
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
15.
Allmayne (The Prince's Almain) by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
16.
The Noble Man by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
17.
Allmayne (Hit it and take it) by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
18.
Allmayne and Corant by Anonymous
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
19.
Gray's Inn Maske by Anonymous
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
20.
The Flying Horse by Anonymous
Performer:  Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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