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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.



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" (The Independent on Sunday) and "indecently beautiful" (Toronto Post). In over a decade of touring she has played with many of the world's best period instrument groups and experienced many different approaches to music making. She is a principal player and initiator of seventeenth century projects with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has played with viol consort Concordia since its founding. Elizabeth has built chamber music and recital partnerships with a number of distinguished artists and retains a strong international connection with William Christie's Les Arts Florissants.

Her research interests have led to critically acclaimed recordings of Lawes, Purcell and Dowland, and to develop ideas such as the ‘Masque of Moments' which she took to festivals in England and Germany in 2007-8. She is creating a concert version of John Blow's Venus and Adonis in 2010-11 which features Pamela Thorby. A solo CD ‘Flying Horse: Music from the ML Lutebook' was released by Hyperion Records in 2009 for which BBC Music Magazine stated: "Exotic colours and delicious dissonances show that restraint is out: excess is in...a fine balance of scholarship, technology and first-rate performance".

Elizabeth taught for two years at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, is professor of Lute at the Royal Academy of Music, and is a Lecturer in Performance at Southampton University.

The 2013 BBC Proms
12 July 2013
The World's Greatest Classical Music Festival
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Pamela Thorby to open CD Review...
27 August 2010
Andrew McGregor to play tracks from 'The Nightingale and the Butterfly'
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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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Early Music Review
"...charming pieces."
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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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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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