Give Me Your Hand: Geminiani & the Celtic Earth | Alpha ALPHA276

Give Me Your Hand: Geminiani & the Celtic Earth

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA276

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 24th March 2017



Bruno Cocset (viola, tenor violin)
Les Basses Reunies


Bruno Cocset (viola, tenor violin)
Les Basses Reunies


Some of the Italian musicians who came to London to ‘make their fortunes’ found themselves influenced by the Celtic lands and their rich tradition of folk music. They were in their turn admired and sometimes even copied by their counterparts in the British Isles. This recording shows the outcome of that encounter. Lorenzo Bocchi was probably the first Italian cellist to settle in Edinburgh, in 1720. Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762) arrived in Dublin in 1733. Since 1714 he had been resident in London, where he performed with Handel, but his passion for art dealing landed him in prison. The Earl of Essex then took him under his protection in Dublin, where he swiftly acquired a high reputation. In 1749 he published in London a collection of songs and tunes arranged as sonatas for several instruments combined with a treatise that gives us much useful information on how to play this music. James Oswald (1710-1769), whom Geminiani greatly admired, was a prolific Scottish composer. Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738), a harper who went blind at the age of eighteen, travelled throughout Ireland as an itinerant bard in the service of aristocratic families. This disc brings these four musical protagonists together in an imaginary meeting (or perhaps it actually took place!) in Dublin.

1. O'Carolan - Sqr. Woodes's Lamentation on y Refusauall of His Half Pense
2. O'Cathan - Da Mihi Manum
3. Geminiani - Violin Sonata in E Minor, op.1 no.3
4. Oswald - The Bonny Boat Man
5. Oswald - The Banks of Severn
6. Geminiani - Concerto Grosso in D minor, op.7 no.2: Andante
7. Oswald - The Murrays March
8. Geminiani - Airs made into a Sonata: The Broom of Cowdenknowes / Bonny Christy
9. Bocchi -  Plea Rarkeh Na Rourkough, or a Irish Weding Improved with Diferent Divisions After an Italian Maner with a Bass and Chorus by Sig.r Lorenzo Bocchi
10. O'Carolan - Ragg Set by a Gentleman
11. O'Carolan - Capten Magan / Creamonea / Planksty / John Drury (Second Air) / The Seas Are Deep / Lord Gallaways Lamentation
12. Geminiani - O Bessy Bell (Song IV)
13. Oswald - The Northern Lass
14. Oswald - To Dauntin Me (Slow - Gig)
15. Oswald - Barbra Allan
16. Oswald - Steer Her Up & Had Her Gaun
17. Oswald - The Banks of Sligoe
18. O'Carolan - When She Cam Ben She Bobed
19. Geminiani - Sleepy Body
20. O'Carolan - John O'Connor
21. O'Carolan - Sheebeg and Sheemore
22. O'Carolan - Colonel John Irwin
23. Geminiani - Andante affetuoso (The Inchanted Forrest)

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