Danse music from Europe of the early 17th century

Danse music from Europe of the early 17th century
Praetorius Consort - Christopher Ball
Arion ARN 38316 [LP-Stereo]
Classics for Pleasure CFP 40335 [LP-Stereo]


    TERPSICHORE (1612) by Michael Praetorius
  1. Introduction and Courante
  2. Ballet
  3. Hahnentanz
  4. Tanz der Fischer and Tanz der Bauerinnen
  5. Fastnachtstanz and Feuertanz
  6. Suite of gavottes
  7. Spagnoletta and Bourrée

  8. ---
    SHORT AIRS, BOTH GRAVE AND LIGHT (1599) by Anthony Holborne
  9. Wanton
  10. Nowel's Galliard
  11. Heigh-hoHoliday
  12. The Choise
  13. As it fell upona HolyEve
  14. The fairie-round
  15. Last will and testament
  16. The Honie-suckle
  17. The Marie-gold
  18. The New-yeeres gift
  19. The Night Watch

  20. DANCES FROM THE SCHOOL OF Gregorio Lambranzi (c. 1640)
  21. First Sequence: Bolognesa (Gigue), Narcisin, Dimo Jesù and Genio
  22. Second Sequence: Ruberto, La Disamecitia and Entrée
  23. Third Sequence: Logi and Hurlo Bacho

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.

A CD compilation:

Praetorius: Terpsichore
Praetorius Consort - Ball
Regis Records 1076

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