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Airs and Graces: Parnassus Avenue

Dan Laurin

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1
Lord Aboynes Welcome or Cumbernault House
Traditional; Dan Laurin; David Tayler
2:12
2
Waly Waly
Traditional; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; William Skeen; Hanneke van Proosdij
1:26
3
Clout the Cauldron
Traditional; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; William Skeen; Hanneke van Proosdij
1:52
Flute Solo No. 4 in B Minor, Op. 4, No. 4  
4
I. Adagio
John Stanley; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
2:38
5
II. Poco Allegro
John Stanley; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
2:38
6
III. Gigg
John Stanley; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
1:55
7
Lochaber
Traditional; Hanneke van Proosdij; William Skeen; David Tayler
3:13
8
Fy gar rub her o'er with Straw
Traditional; Hanneke van Proosdij
3:57
9
Busk ye busk ye Bonny Bride
Traditional; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; William Skeen; Hanneke van Proosdij
4:57
Flute Sonata in B Minor, HWV 376, "Halle Sonata No. 3"  
10
I. Adagio
George Frideric Handel; Dan Laurin; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
1:52
11
II. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Dan Laurin; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
1:57
12
III. Largo
George Frideric Handel; Dan Laurin; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
1:19
13
IV. Allegro
George Frideric Handel; Dan Laurin; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
1:23
Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 5 No. 3, H. 105  
14
I. Andante
Francesco Geminiani; Tanya Tomkins; William Skeen; Hanneke van Proosdij
1:52
15
II. Allegro
Francesco Geminiani; Tanya Tomkins; William Skeen; Hanneke van Proosdij
4:06
16
III. Affetuoso
Francesco Geminiani; Tanya Tomkins; William Skeen; Hanneke van Proosdij
3:13
17
IV. Allegro
Francesco Geminiani; Tanya Tomkins; William Skeen; Hanneke van Proosdij
3:00
18
The Flowers of the Forrest
Traditional; Hanneke van Proosdij
1:59
19
Dumbarton's Drums
Anonymous; Tanya Tomkins; William Skeen
1:13
20
Logan Water
Anonymous; Dan Laurin; Hanneke van Proosdij
2:05
Sonata No. 10 for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in E Minor  
21
I. Larghetto
Johan Helmich Roman; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
2:49
22
II. Andante
Johan Helmich Roman; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
2:55
23
III. Piva
Johan Helmich Roman; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
2:23
24
IV. Non Presto
Johan Helmich Roman; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
2:42
25
V. Villanella
Johan Helmich Roman; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; Tanya Tomkins; Hanneke van Proosdij
0:41
Flute Sonata in E Minor, HWV 375, "Halle Sonata No. 2"  
26
IV. Minuet
George Frideric Handel; Dan Laurin; David Tayler; Tanya Tomkins
3:22
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    63:39
London in the early 1700s offered a dazzling mix of virtually every European musical style. This bustling environment attracted both students of music (such as the young Swedish composer Roman) and established musicians, eager to make their mark – Handel and Geminiani being two of the brightest shining stars. But new influences did not only come from across the Channel. The recent union between England and Scotland led to an increased cultural exchange, and English audiences were entranced by the rhythms and colours of the traditional tunes of Scotland. Various collections, such as the settings by the recorder virtuoso Francesco Barsanti, were published and even Handel could not resist a few turns at the hornpipe in his Water Music. This state of affairs is reflected in the present mix of four baroque sonatas, by composers associated with London in various ways, and nine Scottish tunes in arrangements based on the Barsanti settings.

This imaginative programme is characteristic of the approach adopted by Parnassus Avenue, an ensemble which is constantly challenging ‘baroque standards’: according to Parnassus Avenue there is no ‘early’ music, just a never-ending ‘now’. In lending a John Stanley Adagio the same melancholy expressivity as the mournful Waly waly, and applying the same virtuosity to the hypnotic Clout the Cauldron as to a Handel Allegro, Dan Laurin and his colleagues also demonstrate that there are no genres, only one seamless musical whole. Corelli & Co, the group’s previous album on BIS, was hailed as ‘a truly inspirational album for anyone who regards the baroque original as a starting point for individual expression’ in Early Music Review. Chances are that many will receive just as much inspiration from this new album.
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