Little, if anything, is known of the life of the Italian Dancing Master, Gregorio Lambranzi. However, we know that in his Dancing School there are old engravings of dance tunes from the repertoire he used at his classes. These lively dances are often of English origin, and at least one popular Elizabethan tune (Mad Robin) may be detected. Another tune bears a strong resemblance to "The British Grenadiers", although chronologically speaking it would be more correct to say "The British Grenadiers" bears a strong resemblance to a tune from Lambranzi's School.
Playing time: 45'
Recording date: 1976
Performer: The Praetorius Consort
Christopher Ball - Renaissance recorders, bass cornamuse, crumhorns, kortholts and doucaine
James Tyler - Lute and percussion
Paul Arden Taylor - Renaissance recorders and crumhorn
Alison Crum - Treble and bass viols, renaissance recorders and bass cornamuse
Frances Kelly - Minstrels' harp
Alan Wilson - Harpsichord, octavina and percussion
Peter Vel - Bass viol
Nel Romano - Bells and percussion
Christopher Ball founded The Praetorius Consort in 1971. He began his career as a clarinettist having studied under Jack Brymer, Gervase de Peyer and Reginald Kell. As a student, he was awarded the Ricordi Conducting Prize, the Performers' Diploma with distinction and the Hiles Gold Medal for orchestral playing from a panel headed by Sir John Barbirolli. He also won the John Solomon Wind Prize at the Royal Academy of Music where he is now a professor of recorder and clarinet. As a conductor he took master-classes with Pierre Monteux, Constantin Silvestri and Sir George Solti. Orchestras he has conducted include the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera, the Maggio Musicale of Florence, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as well as Concerts for the BBC with the Northern and Scottish Symphony Orchestras. He has also, conducted several seasons at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the world of early music, he has been widely praised by the critics for the brilliance and artistry of his recorder playing, particularly in the field of Baroque solo concerts.
Issued as "Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore" on Classics for Pleasure.
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