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'Grounds for Pleasure'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Grounds for Pleasure'

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Grounds for Pleasure'

'Keyboard Music from 17th-Century England' Anonymous My Lady Carey's Dompe Blow Ground in Gamut Flatt. Mortlack's Ground. Suite in D minor--Ground; Hornpipe; Minuet Byrd A Grounde. My Ladye Nevell's Grownde Croft Suite in A--Ground; Minuett Gibbons Fantasia. Ground. Italian Ground. Pavan Lord Salisbury Inglot The Leaves Bee Greene Purcell Chacone. Ground in D minor. Hornpipe. A New Ground Tomkins Grounde. A Ground in Gamut.

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Colin Booth hpd

Soundboard [F] SBCD214 (67' * DDD)

This disc has two themes to bind it: English keyboard music of the 17th century, and pieces composed over a ground bass. That, in case you should have doubted it, is a pretty rich field--'Grounds for Pleasure'.

Colin Booth is a harpsichord maker as well as player (one of his instruments can be heard in Florilegium's new Brandenburg Concertos recording, reviewed on page 24), and here he performs on a 1661 instrument he himself has restored, French in style but by an Italian maker, meaning that a little Italianate attack and fire (thanks to brass stringing) joins with sufficient sustain to give it a touch of Gallic nobility. It comes into its own most in the melancholy grandeur of the grounds by Byrd and Tomkins, and Gibbons's marvellous Pavan Lord Salisbury, yet the success of Booth's performances also stems from tempi which take time to enjoy not just the harpsichord's tone but the richness and lyricism that is there in the music. …

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