Garden of Early Delights | Linn BKD291

Garden of Early Delights


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Label: Linn

Cat No: BKD291

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 23rd June 2014



Pamela Thorby (recorder)
Andrew Lawrence-King (harp, psaltery)


Bassano, Giovanni

Divisions on 'Frais et gaillard' (madrigal by Clemens non Papa)
Susanne ung jour

Castello, Dario

Sonata concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo
» Sonata seconda a soprano solo

Dowland, John

Sorrow, stay
Weep you no more, sad fountains (Third Book of Songs)

Eyck, Jacob van

Der Fluyten Lust-hof (Pleasure Garden)
» Amarilli mia bella (after Caccini)
» no.52 Wat zalmen op den Avond doen
» no.61 Derde Doen Daphne d'over
» no.108 Boffons

Fontana, Giovanni Battista

Sonatas (18) in 1, 2, 3 Parts
» no.2
» no.6

Marini, Biagio

Per ogni sorte di strumento musicale diversi generi di sonate, op.22
» Passacaglio

Ortiz, Diego

Trattado de glosas
» Recercada prima sobre doulce memoire
» Recercada segunda de canto llano
» Recercada segunda de tenore

Schop, Johan

Lacrimae Pavan


Pamela Thorby (recorder)
Andrew Lawrence-King (harp, psaltery)


‘Garden of Early Delights' is a mixed bouquet of diverse, joyous, unusual and eloquent pieces from the Renaissance and Early Baroque periods. Performed by Pamela Thorby on recorders and Andrew Lawrence-King on harps and psaltery, these are two virtuosic musicians unsurpassed in their respective fields.

Originally released in 2008, ‘Garden of Early Delights’ has been re-issued as part of Linn’s Echo series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.

The garden of 16th and 17th century music brought forth a rich harvest of symbolism and literary associations – some of which are presented on this album. The programme includes bursts of good humour in the treatment of van Eyck’s popular variations, sensuous melancholy from Dowland contrasting with the formality of diminutions on favourite madrigals.

‘Garden of Early Delights’ includes solo pieces from both musicians, plus works that allow them to come together and showcase their considerable skills for musical interaction.

Pamela Thorby is one of the finest established recorder players the country has produced in recent times. She is most regularly heard on Karl Jenkins’ fabulous Adiemus recordings, making her possibly one of the most listened to recorder players in the world.

Andrew Lawrence-King is both a baroque-harp virtuoso and an imaginative continuo player. Travelling the world continually, he can often be heard in Jordi Savall’s group, Hesperion XX, as well as in his own ensemble, The Harp Consort, or performing solo recitals.

Pamela Thorby and Andrew Lawrence-King merge their considerable experience of other genres to deliver a unique performance on an album that brings to life music full of surprise, beauty and delight.

No connoisseur of recorder-playing or Renaissance instrumental virtuosity will want to be without this delightful anthology.’ - The Telegraph

‘...this is music to warm the heart and delight the senses.’ - Financial Times

‘...a very captivating collection...her execution is flawless...’ - IRR

Thorby's playing exhibits a vitality, exuberance and earthiness…’ - BBC Music Magazine

This is Paradise indeed.’ - Gramophone

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