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Theatre of the Ayre - The Masque of Moments - BBC Music Magazine


01 May 2017
BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars

'Elizabeth Kenny's artfully planned programme is [...] a most welcome arrival. [...] The instrumental playing on a battery of "twanging instruments" (lutes, theorboes, citterns, guitars, harps, violins and viola) is full of flair and improvisatory spirit.'
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