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Sonata seconda a soprano solo

1629; Sonate concertante in stil moderno, Libro Secondo

Pamela Thorby (recorder), Andrew Lawrence-King (harp)
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Recording details: November 2006
National Centre for Early Music, York, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: June 2008
Total duration: 4 minutes 56 seconds

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'This repertoire proves rich soil for Thorby and Lawrence-King, and the resulting cross-fertilisation of styles and modes of expression with a modern scholarly aesthetic enlivened by two of the keenest musical intelligences in the business results in a most satisfying listening experience … recorded sound is nothing short of stunning, while the cover image of a hummingbird nicely encapsulates Thorby's lightness and agility as she darts from piece to piece to extract its nectar. This is Paradise indeed' (Gramophone)

'This recital puts bells on recorder player Pamela Thorby's already fine reputation, which she has steadily built through performances as a soloist and as a member of various distinguished period ensembles, as well as playing with jazz outfit Perfect Houseplants and featuring on some of Karl Jenkins's albums. The album title's play on ‘early' and ‘earthly' could effortlessly be stretched to include ‘earthy': allied to a strong tone and precise articulation, Thorby's playing exhibits a vitality, exuberance and earthiness that reminds me of the great David Munrow. It's all underpinned by a strong lyrical sense, and her virtuosity draws up short of the efforts to 'epater les fogies' characteristic of, say, Red Priest. With sterling support (of course) from Andrew Lawrence-King, the programme spans the last part of the 16th/first half of the 17th centuries, covering a period when composers were experimenting with new ways of setting, transcribing and imitating song-forms, and conveying emotions without the aid of texts. Thorby and Lawrence-King even manage to suggest the ghost of a wan smile in Dowland's Weep No More' (BBC Music Magazine)» More

'No connoisseur of recorder-playing or Renaissance instrumental virtuosity will want to be without this delightful anthology. Whether on soprano, alto or tenor recorder, Pamela Thorby's tone has a limpid clarity which gives a crisp filigree-like quality to even the most fast and furious figurations in pieces such as Diego Ortiz's Recercada segunda or Jacob van Eyck's variations on catchy popular tunes. This crystalline sound is equally successful in conveying the melancholy expressiveness of slower and less highly ornamented items such as van Eyck's arrangement of Caccini's Amarilli, which also benefit from the imaginative use of harp and psaltery as accompanying instruments' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Who would have thought the early 17th-century genre of instrumental chanson and serenade, brought to life here on recorder and harp/psaltery, could be so sophisticated and entertaining? Giovanni Bassano, Jacob van Eyck and their confrères worked in an era that prized free melodic invention, simple rhythms, quicksilver flights and short, contrasting sections. Thorby and Lawrence-King play with evangelical spirit: this is music to warm the heart and delight the senses' (Financial Times)

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