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Although George Frederick Handel dominated the music scene in mid-eighteenth century England there were many talented native musicians producing fine distinctive works. Five sonatas by English composers of music for the flute are contrasted with solo tunes from the 'pocket books'. All of the music on the disc was researched in the British Library and is recorded here for the first time on instruments of the period - mellow boxwood flute, gut-strung 'cello and harpsichord.
Giga from Sonata in B minor by J. F. Ranish
Concert Royal’s Peter Harrison and Rachel Gray teamed up with Lesley Holliday of The Galeazzi Ensemble to record this unique collection of classical trios and duets, including Haydn's well-known 'London' Trios. Haydn wrote the trios during his second acclaimed concert tour in England in 1794.
Allegro Moderato from Trio in C by F. J. Haydn
This CD features songs and instrumental music drawn from Jane Austen's own collection. Brief extracts from letters and novels provide a fascinating glimpse into Jane's musical world.
Margarette Ashton; soprano, Peter Harrison; flute
Rachel Gray; violoncello, John Treherne; square piano
The Highland Laddie trad. arr. F. J. Haydn
A collection of 14 songs in Victorian parlour settings from the north east of England, interspersed with contemporary instrumental pieces. Favourite Tyneside songs The Keel Row, Bobby Shaftoe, Water of Tyne and Blow the Wind Southerly are contrasted with less-known pieces such as The Grace Darling Song, which tells the story of the heroic rescue in 1837. Newcastle-born soprano Margarette Ashton is accompanied on historic instruments, recapturing the sound world of the Victorian parlour.
Bobby Shaftoe trad. arr. P. Harrison