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Barton Pine's 'Period' Trio Take a Trip to Renaissance England

Magazine article Gramophone

Barton Pine's 'Period' Trio Take a Trip to Renaissance England

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'An English Fancy'

Baltzar John come kiss me now Byrd Sellinger's Round Hume Captaine Hume's Lamentation J Jenkins Suite No 2 Lawes Suite No 8 Locke Suite, 'For Several Friends' Purcell Bonduca--Overture. Distressed Innocence--Slow Air. The Virtuous Wife--Air. The Married Beau--Hornpipe on a Ground. The Fairy Queen--Dance for the Chinese Man and Woman. Abdelazar--Hornpipe. Pavan in B flat C Simpson Suite, 'The Little Consort' Trio Settecento Cedille (F) CDR90000 135 (80' * DDD)

In her 'personal note' in the booklet of this collection of English late Renaissance and early Baroque works, violinist Rachel Barton Pine does get a bit personal. Describing in detail not merely her period instrumentation but also the playing style--on the arm rather than the shoulder--she makes a telling statement: 'I can finally wear a necklace and dangling earrings while performing.' What might on the surface seem an indulgent confession--indeed, for all the trio's egalitarian billing, the violinist does the lioness's share of work in these pieces-is in fact an indication of the ensemble's success. While you might be able to find similar surveys so densely packed, historically informed or stylistically varied, you're much less likely to find another collection so palpably connected to the music's social roots. It's not just that you can move to the various dance forms in Christopher Simpson's Little Consort Suite, you can practically hear the theatre in Henry Purcell's Ayres for the Theatre and see the 'friends' in Matthew Locke's suite For Several Friends. …

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