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Posted October 1, 2010
This is the first complete recording of the 17th century composer's reknowned and beautiful harp consorts. Composed for the court of Charles I, these elegant waltzes are bright with the interplay of harp and violin over violas and guitar. They are propulsive for the feet while swirling in a deft and delicate romanticism. This is music you dance to with the one you love, under a clear indigo sky. Lawes was killed, followed by his king, in the English Civil War. His legacy was almost lost to the ages from that lack of disciples and the long frown of disfavor for his use of innovative, odd counterpoints. Recent years have shone new light on him. This volume is a great record of the warmth and incandescence of his work, particularly in the skills of front players Maxine Eilander (harp) and David Greenberg (baroque violin). Lacing it and expanding it are the subtle sureness of Stephen Stubbs (theorbo and guitar) and 'Le Voix Humaines', Susie Napper and Margaret Little (violas). A labor of love full of lovely music.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.