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Garden of Early Delights - Pamela Thorby & Andrew Lawrence-King - The Telegraph


05 July 2008
The Telegraph
Elizabeth Roche

No connoisseur of recorder-playing or Renaissance instrumental virtuosity will want to be without this delightful anthology. Whether on soprano, alto or tenor recorder, Pamela Thorby's tone has a limpid clarity which gives a crisp filigree-like quality to even the most fast and furious figurations in pieces such as Diego Ortiz's Recercada segunda or Jacob Van Eyck's variations on catchy popular tunes.

This crystalline sound is equally successful in conveying the melancholy expressiveness of slower and less highly ornamented items such as Van Eyck's arrangement of Caccini's Amarilli, which also benefit from the imaginative use of harp and psaltery as accompanying instruments.


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