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Harp Music of the Italian Renaissance [Import]

Andrew Lawrence-King Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B0002CH8S8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Toccata Seconda & Ligature per l'Arpa, for keyboard (or harp) (Book 2)
2. Gagliarda Terza a 4, for keyboard or ensemble ('According to Talianella')
3. Ancidetemi Pur, for harp (or keyboard)
4. Gagliarda Terza a 5, for keyboard or ensemble ('On Mantouana')
5. Partite sopra Zefiro, for keyboard or ensemble
6. Gagiliarda quarta 'Alla Spagnola'
7. La Barriera, for lute (or harp)
8. Vergine Bella
9. Brando per quattro pastore a quattre ninfe, for lute (or harp)
10. Toccata prima for harp (or lute)
11. Gagliarda Prima, for harp / lute
12. Canzon Cromatica for harp (or lute)
13. Amarilli mia bella, for voice & continuo (from 'Le Nuove musiche')

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice program of early harp music November 1, 2010
By jsa
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I believe that this was Andrew Lawrence-King's first recording (1986), and this sterling effort is ample proof of why he went on to become a well-established figure in his field. He has appeared on numerous recordings, including many with Jordi Savall's Hesperian XX, and is currently the director of the Harp Consort. The program is both musically interesting and eminently listenable; given Lawrence-King's credentials (he won an Organ Scholarship to Selwyn College, Cambridge and completed his studies at the London Early Music Centre) his understanding of the material is unquestionably comprehensive. His technical execution is equally impressive.

Half of the disc is taken up by six pieces from Trabaci, a harpist, organist and singer who was an important forerunner of Frescobaldi; the remainder comes from a variety of composers all of whom lived between the late sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries. If the music itself sounds like it could just as easily be heard on the lute or keyboard, that's because it originally was. In fact, all of the pieces here were written for these instruments (or voice), as very little music that was written for harp during this period has survived. The chromatic double harp is an ideal vehicle for these works, which range from love songs and dance music to madrigals. There's a peaceful simplicity to much of this music that transports the listener to another place and time.

I'm not surprised that in a 1987 review, Gramophone's critic called this disc "an impressive debut, beautifully recorded, certain to win new friends for the harp as a medium for this music..." I agree.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of Harp Music of the Italian Renaissance September 2, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful music, well played. I bought this disc after hearing the 2 Negri pieces on The remaining tracks live up to the excellence of those 2 pieces. Good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's good to see this CD still available May 11, 2002
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I understand this was Andrew Lawrence-King's debut recording (as a soloist anyway) and it's a very impressive one. I read him described somewhere as possibly the world's greatest living musician on ANY instrument and I have to admit I wouldn't argue with such a statement. He is a very expressive (and often quite passionate) player. Certainly no other harpist can create sounds like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great discovery December 14, 2013
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Sometimes going out of your comfort zone is good. I did not know I would like harp music this much. This was a great addition to my classic collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting August 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have owned this CD since 1994; despite repeated listening it's as fresh as when I first heard it. Lawrence-King deserves the highest praise for bringing these timeless pieces to life; to listen is to be carried off to another time and place.
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