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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)

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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. …

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