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Track(s) taken from CDA67776

Gray's Inn Maske

ML Lutebook

Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
Recording details: December 2008
Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2009
Total duration: 1 minutes 21 seconds

Cover artwork: Four Muses and Pegasus on Parnassus (detail) (c1650) by Caesar van Everdingen (1617-1678)


'The listener is able to savour the individual qualities of each work while finding additional pleasure in the numerous correspondences and differences that pervade the collection—all the while marvelling not only at Kenny's acute sense of local colour, form and texture but also her considerable technical prowess, the latter especially obvious in the profuse ornamentation and extended divisions throughout' (Gramophone)

'Kenny's passage-work is exhiliaratingly crisp but most startling here is the bold ornamentation and dramatic dynamics' (The Independent)

'A valuable release in terms of providing an opportunity to hear little-known works from a glorious musical era' (International Record Review)

'Kenny's performances are technically expert … they are invariably sensitive, with special attention paid to the suppleness of phrasing. She never shortchanges the ornamentation, and incorporates rhetorical pauses in the musical textures 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 … top marks all around' (Fanfare, USA)
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