Dancing in the Isles: Baroque and Traditional Music from England, Scotland, and Ireland

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Our bestselling album of all time! In DANCING IN THE ISLES: BAROQUE AND TRADITIONAL MUSIC FROM ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, AND IRELAND, some of America’s most dynamic Baroque performers present a mix of virtuoso chamber pieces and their own arrangements of traditional tunes from Scotland, Ireland, and England – from toe-tapping Celtic reels and jigs to melancholy instrumental ballads and English country dances.

The popular spirit of the British Isles strongly infused the works by some of the master composers of the time also presented here, including the touching and vivid Sonata on Scots Tunes by James Oswald and a brilliant variation set on another Scots tune by Francesco Maria Veracini. Other highlights include Henry Purcell’s sublime Three Parts on a Ground, a set of dances from the English court masque, and a cheeky sonata by Matthew Locke.

Musica Pacifica brings their customary high energy, superb musicianship, and powerful communicative powers to this catchy and unusual program.

 

TRY A SAMPLE:

English Country Dances:
Rufty Tufty
Irish Lamentation
Jack’s Maggot

An English Court Masque:
Fairey Masque

James Oswald (1710-1769):
Polwart on the green

Matthew Locke (1621/2-1677):
Saraband

Traditional Scots Tunes:
Johnnie Faa

Traditional Irish Tunes:
Bridget Cruise (Turlough O’Carolan)
Planxty Toby Peyton (O’Carolan / Larry O’Gaff)

Francesco Veracini (1690-1768):
Scozzese: Un poco andante et affettuoso

Henry Purcell (1659-1695):
Three Parts upon a Ground


REVIEWS

“The playing is first-rate: full of bounce, stylish, and technically immaculate.”

– Johan van Veen, musica Dei donum

“Musica Pacifica are to be commended resoundingly on the sheer calibre of this presentation… there’s much to admire in the playing… [and] there’s an element of spontaneity in the English Court Masque construction that’s a real joy.”

– Early Music Today
“Fabulous playing by ‘some of the finest baroque musicians in America’ (American Record Guide) and ingenious juxtapositions make this a wonderful listen.”

– Peter Grahame Woolf,  Musical Pointers

 

“These are sparkling performances, some sure to set your feet tapping and others expressing a delicate melancholy… this is a recording I can warmly recommend.”

Early Music Review, February 2011

 

“This is definitely an album that can be listened to with pleasure from beginning to end.”

American Recorder, March 2011

 

“Here there’s jollity aplenty… ending with a seriously kick-butt performance of Purcell’s Three Parts Upon a Ground…. It’s delightful. As is everything else. There’s so much invention, so much attention to orchestration…. Everyone seems to get a solo turn, and every one is a hit…. The ‘big’ pieces here… get performances as good as they’ve ever had. But the point of this CD is just to forget about composers and dance.”

San Francisco Classical Voice

 

“The Musica Pacifica Baroque Ensemble plays with both liveliness and a heap of suave. As appropriate for dances, they get the feet moving. Where they need to arrange, they do so with great elegance. If you want to give yourself a refreshing break… I recommend this.”

Classical Net Review

 

“Musica Pacifica has been releasing recordings of their very elegant and stylish performances of Baroque music for a number of years and continue to do so with this CD, with a suitable ‘letting down of hair’ in the traditional music . . . an altogether first-class production.”

The Recorder Magazine [UK], Summer 2011

PERFORMERS:
Judith Linsenberg, recorders and whistle
Elizabeth Blumenstock and Robert Mealy, baroque violins
David Morris, baroque ‘cello, viola da gamba
Charles Sherman, harpsichord
Charles Weaver, theorbo, baroque guitar
Peter Maund, percussion
TRACKS:
1. Newcastle (English Country Dance – Traditional)
2. Rufty Tufty (English Country Dance – Traditional)
3. Irish Lamentation (English Country Dance – Traditional)
4. Scotch Cap (English Country Dance – Traditional)
5. Jack’s Maggot (English Country Dance – Traditional)
6. The Temple Anticke (An English Court Masque – Anonymous)
7. La Volta (An English Court Masque – William Byrd)
8. Cupararee or Graysin (An English Court Masque – Anonymous)
9. L Zouches Masque (An English Court Masque – Giles Farnaby)
10. Fairey Masque (An English Court Masque – Robert Johnson)
11. O Mother what shall I do (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes – James Oswald)
12. Ettrick Banks (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes – James Oswald)
13. She rose and let me in (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes – James Oswald)
14. Cromlit’s Lilt (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes – James Oswald)
15. Polwart on the green (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes – James Oswald)
16. Fantazie (Suite No 4 in C Major from the Broken Consort Part 1 – Matthew Locke)
17. Courante (Suite No 4 in C Major from the Broken Consort Part 1 – Matthew Locke)
18. Ayre (Suite No 4 in C Major from the Broken Consort Part 1 – Matthew Locke)
19. Saraband (Suite No 4 in C Major from the Broken Consort Part 1 – Matthew Locke)
20. Johnnie Faa (Traditional Scots Tune)
21. The Gordon – My Lame Leg (Traditional Scots Tune)
22. Tullymet Hall – Lord Saltoun (Traditional Scots Tune)
23. Preludio (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – Nicola Matteis)
24. Adagio – Per Far La Mano (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – Nicola Matteis)
25. Sarabanda Facile (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – Nicola Matteis)
26. Fuga- Pretissimo (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – Nicola Matteis)
27. Adagio (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – Nicola Matteis)
28. Burlesca (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – Nicola Matteis)
29. Bridget Cruise (Traditional Irish Tune – T O’Carolan)
30. Planxty Toby Peyton (Traditional Irish Tune – Turlough O’Carolan – Larry O’Gaff)
31. Kid on the Mountain – The Mountain Rose (Traditional Irish Tune)
32. Scozzese- Un poco andante et affettuoso (Sonata in A Major Op 2 No 9 Francesco Maria Veracini)
33. Three Parts upon a Ground (Z 731 Henry Purcell)

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