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A work of fine art,
This review is from: Henestrosa: El Arte De Fantasia (Audio CD)
Every so often, a CD comes along that is a work of fine art. This is one. Not only is the music excellent, but the packaging is lovely and reflects the high level of the entire "package."
Andrew Lawrence-King is one of those phenomenal musicians who plays many instruments and created and leads the group "Harp Consort." He plays organ, continuo, psaltery, irish harp and double harp. He is obviously accomplished, and an excellent musician and this group does work that is extensively researched. But this is not a recording of dusty musical bones, Harp Consort does what historically accurate music should do - brings it alive with exellence and musicality. The words "historically accurate" are currently linked perjoritively with "achedemic" meaning artless and unengaging. Harp Consort proves the wrong-headedness of this current mindset that thinks everything has to be updated to be relevant.
Of particular interest within this recording is Henestrosa's specific markings and style of improvization, which King studied and brings back to life within this recording. This was the "jazz" of it's age, and is both evocative and engaging.