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Grounds for Pleasure

Grounds for Pleasure

SBCD214 - £12.00


This disc is a model of intelligent and sensible programming. The liner-notes are informative and helpful to put the music into perspective. The same goes for the extensive notes about the harpsichord, which are accompanied by a beautiful picture. For harpsichord lovers this is a disc not to be missed.
Johan van Veen, 2015

The success of Booth’s performances also stems from tempi which take time to enjoy not just the harpsichord’s tone but the richness and lyricism that is there in the music. The use of the 4’, sounding an octave higher, to accompany the right hand in Purcell’s A New Ground or Gibbons’s Italian Ground is especially effective, lending the music delicacy and perhaps even a touch of ironic detachment. …The recording is good, and overall this is a characterful, honest and engaging recital.
Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone

1) Anon: My Lady Carey’s Dompe
2) William Byrd: My Ladye Nevel’s Grownde
3) Thomas Tomkins: A Short Verse
4) Thomas Tomkins: Grounde 5) Henry Purcell: A New Ground
6) John Blow: Mortlack’s Ground
7) William Inglot: The Leaves Bee Greene
8) Orlando Gibbons: Italian Ground
9) Orlando Gibbons: Pavan: Lord Salisbury
10) John Blow: Suite in D minor (Ground)
11) John Blow: Suite in D minor (Hornpipe)
12) John Blow: Suite in D minor (Minuet)
13) Orlando Gibbons: Fantasia
14) Orlando Gibbons: Ground
15) Henry Purcell: Chacone
16) Henry Purcell: A Ground in Gamut
17) William Croft: Suite in A major (Ground)
18) William Croft: Suite in A major (Minuett)
19) John Blow: Ground in Gamut Flatt
20) Henry Purcell: Ground in D minor
21) Henry Purcell: Hornpipe
22) William Byrd: A Grounde

This recording, made in 2014, is the first CD recording on my newly-restored original 17th century harpsichord by Nicholas Celini.

There is a series of articles about the instrument and its restoration on the News page, and a video of Purcell’s Ground in D minor being played on it, below. Those who are particularly interested will enjoy the upper manual (played with the left hand here) being at 4 foot pitch (i.e. an octave higher than notated).

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