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Concerto Caledonia - Colin's Kisses - The List


22 July 1999
The List
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4 Stars

Born in the village of Crail in 1710, Janes Oswald rose through the 18th century's musical ranks to become chamber composer to George III. This collection brings together several of his distinctive short pieces, including some not previously recorded. His airs and dances are full of graceful tunes which weave traditional Scottish rhythms and phrases into the baroque style, building a bridge, in particular, between the chamber violin and the folky fiddle. Peppered through the programme are ten songs from the Collin's Kisses cycle, delightfully sung by soprano Catherine Bott and tenor Iain Paton. The crisp playing by period instrumentalists Concerto Caledonia brings out the beauty in all of Oswald's melodies.


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