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Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe's leading lute players.  She is a principal player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Concordia.



Telemann: Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias
Telemann: Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias
Pamela Thorby completes her discography of eighteenth century favourites with Telemann. 

CKD 476

Lawes: The Royal Consort
Lawes: The Royal Consort
The award-winning Phantasm celebrates William Lawes with a sublime collection of premiere recordings 

CKD 470  

The Nightingale and the Butterfly
The Nightingale and the Butterfly
Pamela Thorby teams up with renowned lutenist Elizabeth Kenny for her fourth solo album on Linn. 

CKD 341  

Mungrel Stuff
Mungrel Stuff
A selection of Scottish themed tunes from a great variety of composers. 

CKD 140  

Elizabeth Kenny - lute 

Elizabeth Kenny is one of Europe’s leading lute players: her playing has been described as ‘incandescent’ (Music and Vision), ‘radical’ (Independent on Sunday) and ‘indecently beautiful’ (Toronto Post). Kenny’s recital album Flying Horse: The ML Lutebook was released by Hyperion Records in 2009, and she has recorded chamber music by Lawes, Purcell and Dowland. With her group Theatre of the Ayre she created a concert version of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis that was released on the Wigmore Live label.

Kenny toured several smaller-scale projects in the UK during 2013–14, and also engaged in a unique collaboration with members of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Tours of The Masque of Moments and Lutes & Ukes throughout 2015 were made possible by a major award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Kenny also recently devised and directed productions of Le Malade imaginaire and A Restoration Tempest for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Kenny is Professor of Lute at the Royal Academy of Music and a Reader in Performance at Southampton University. She was one of four artistic advisors for the York Early Music Festival, 2011–14.

Pamela Thorby to open CD Review...
27 August 2010
Andrew McGregor to play tracks from 'The Nightingale and the Butterfly'
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Early Music Review
'This performance is outstanding. The playing is so expressive, wonderfully lyrical in the Pavens and Ayres, boisterous in the Sarabands. They use vibrato judiciously, the texture never clouded. The tone is always crystal bright, the articulation beautifully controlled, ranging from boisterously detached to sinuous legato, the theorbo (Elizabeth Kenny) matching their every move.'
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AllMusic.com
4½ Stars
'Dreyfus catches the music's experimental, almost revolutionary quality, and the rather gloomy sound of Oxford's Magdalen College Chapel fits the music beautifully. Highly recommended.'
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Nottingham Post
'Well worth a few hours of anyone's time.'
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MusicWeb International
'This is very enjoyable and varied music. The ensemble brings out the sheer delight of the various movements...'
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The Guardian
5 Stars
'The ensemble sound is luxuriantly rich, powered by Elizabeth Kenny's feisty theorbo strumming.'
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Classical Music
5 Stars
'Vivid, arresting and harmonically bold, Lawes' seemingly endless invention is matched by playing here of startling concentration and energy.'
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The Consort
"...lovers of French baroque music will find plenty of rich fare on this CD."
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International Record Review
"...Thorby plays with her customary vigour and agility, with generous and judiciously applied ornamentation."
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Scotland on Sunday
4 Stars
"...well worth hearing."
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
"...a disc full of delights and surprises."
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Gramophone
"...elegantly conversational...consistently bright"
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Classical Music Magazine
4 Stars
"delicious...first-rate"
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Sound and Music
"Questa opportunità viene colta alla perfezione dale due soliste inglesi..."
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Klassik.com
"...Pamela Thorby spielt beweglich, technisch ohne Anstrengung und makellos..."
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The Herald
"It is music of wit, endless charm, poignant and tender expressiveness...A gentle, thoughtful experience."
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Early Music Review
"...charming pieces."
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"Thorby caresses and shapes the gracious recorder melodies, taking them with incredible velocity when the occasion demands."
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AudioVideoHD
5 Stars
"Un álbum delicioso, relajante y perfectamente interpretado."
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MusicWeb International
"Everything here is utterly inconsequential and totally charming."
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Independent on Sunday
"Pamela Thorby's soft, sweet, natural tone is ideally suited to the whimsical delicacies of d'Hervelois, Philidor and Dieupart."
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