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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55013
Recording details: October 1980
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 1988
Total duration: 2 minutes 12 seconds

'Splendid, vigorous, animated, hilarious' (Hi-Fi News)

'Rollicking good 'Rollicking good fun' (The Cornish Guardian)

'Highly entertaining' (Classical Music)

Packington's Pound
composer
An Elizabethan tune

Introduction
An Elizabethan tune, Packington’s Pound was so popular that by the end of the seventeenth century more than a hundred ballads had been printed calling for the tune. It continued in popularity until at least the middle of the eighteenth century and instrumental versions abound. This recording attempts a performance such as would have been heard on a street corner in the seventeenth century. No ballad survives to tell us who or what Packington was, but there are three people with whom the tune may have associations: Sir John Pakington (a favourite of Queen Elizabeth); his great uncle, Sir Thomas Pakington (who was instrumental in walling up the fourth side of the Inner Temple Gardens); and Thomas Paginton, a court musician who died in 1586—‘Paginton’s Round’ is called for on some ballads.

from notes by Douglas Wootton 1981

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