Musica Pacifica – Dancing in the Isles

Ensemble Musica Pacifica - Archivio Magnatune

Some of America’s most dynamic Baroque performers present a mix of virtuoso chamber pieces and their own arrangements of traditional tunes from Scotland, Ireland, and England – from toe-tapping Celtic reels and jigs to melancholy instrumental ballads and English country dances.

The popular spirit of the British Isles strongly infused the works by some of the master composers of the time also presented here, including the touching and vivid Sonata on Scots Tunes by James Oswald and a brilliant variation set on another Scots tune by Veracini. Other highlights include Henry Purcell’s sublime Three Parts on a Ground, a set of dances from the English court masque, and a cheeky sonata by Matthew Locke.

Musica Pacifica brings their customary high energy, superb musicianship, and powerful communicative powers to this catchy and unusual program.

Judith Linsenberg, recorders and whistle
Elizabeth Blumenstock and Robert Mealy, baroque violins
David Morris, baroque ‘cello, viola da gamba
Charles Sherman, harpsichord
Charles Weaver, theorbo, baroque guitar
Peter Maund, percussion

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[hifi lofi] 01-Newcastle (English Country Dance – Traditional) (1:56)
[hifi lofi] 02-Rufty Tufty (English Country Dance – Traditional) (1:30)
[hifi lofi] 03-Irish Lamentation (English Country Dance – Traditional) (2:59)
[hifi lofi] 04-Scotch Cap (English Country Dance – Traditional) (1:12)
[hifi lofi] 05-Jack’s Maggot (English Country Dance – Traditional) (1:41)
[hifi lofi] 06-The Temple Anticke (An English Court Masque – Anonymous) (2:55)
[hifi lofi] 07-La Volta (An English Court Masque – W Byrd) (1:20)
[hifi lofi] 08-Cupararee or Graysin (An English Court Masque – Anonymous) (2:04)
[hifi lofi] 09-L Zouches Masque (An English Court Masque – G Farnaby) (2:06)
[hifi lofi] 10-Fairey Masque (An English Court Masque – R Johnson) (2:32)
[hifi lofi] 11-O Mother what shall I do (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes – J Oswald) (2:22)
[hifi lofi] 12-Ettrick Banks (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes – J Oswald) (2:02)
[hifi lofi] 13-She rose and let me in (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes – J Oswald) (1:18)
[hifi lofi] 14-Cromlit’s Lilt (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes – J Oswald) (1:24)
[hifi lofi] 15-Polwart on the green (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes – J Oswald) (3:49)
[hifi lofi] 16-Fantazie (Suite No 4 in C Major from the Broken Consort Part 1 – M Locke) (2:05)
[hifi lofi] 17-Courante (Suite No 4 in C Major from the Broken Consort Part 1 – M Locke) (1:18)
[hifi lofi] 18-Ayre (Suite No 4 in C Major from the Broken Consort Part 1 – M Locke) (4:33)
[hifi lofi] 19-Saraband (Suite No 4 in C Major from the Broken Consort Part 1 – M Locke) (0:53)
[hifi lofi] 20-Johnnie Faa (Traditional Scots Tune) (2:22)
[hifi lofi] 21-The Gordon : My Lame Leg (Traditional Scots Tune) (2:35)
[hifi lofi] 22-Tullymet Hall : Lord Saltoun (Traditional Scots Tune) (2:00)
[hifi lofi] 23-Preludio (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – N Matteis) (0:48)
[hifi lofi] 24-Adagio : Per Far La Mano (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – N Matteis) (2:40)
[hifi lofi] 25-Sarabanda Facile (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – N Matteis) (2:34)
[hifi lofi] 26-Fuga- Pretissimo (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – N Matteis) (0:57)
[hifi lofi] 27-Adagio (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – N Matteis) (1:09)
[hifi lofi] 28-Burlesca (Ayres in G Major from Ayres for the violin Book 3 – N Matteis) (1:15)
[hifi lofi] 29-Bridget Cruise (Traditional Irish Tune – T O’Carolan) (2:12)
[hifi lofi] 30-Planxty Toby Peyton (Traditional Irish Tune – T O’Carolan) : Larry O’Gaff (2:39)
[hifi lofi] 31-Kid on the Mountain : The Mountain Rose (Traditional Irish Tune) (2:27)
[hifi lofi] 32-Scozzese- Un poco andante et affettuoso (Sonata in A Major Op 2 No 9 F Veracini) (6:11)
[hifi lofi] 33-Three Parts upon a Ground (Z 731 H Purcell) (4:55)

 


Dancing in the Isles by Musica Pacifica