The Division Violin

John Playford’s collection “The Division Violin” brings the early baroque back to life. Indeed, everything is contained in this collection, almost like a cross-section of England in the 17th century: from folkloric dance variation to the serious violin sonata of the famous Corelli; every side of musical life is represented.
…This new disc fully lives up to my expectations. Ms Harris shows her impressive technical skills in the more virtuosic pieces, but she also deals very well with the more ‘popular’ items. ‘Tollet’s Ground’, for instance, seems to imitate the playing of folk fiddlers, and Rachel Harris gives a very good account of it.
…In short, this is an excellent, captivating and highly entertaining recording which sheds light on an interesting chapter of English music-making in the late 17th century. The title says ‘The Division Violin — Part 1’. Can we expect a disc devoted to Part 2? I very much hope so.”
Johan van Veen at musica Dei donum (April 2009, excerpt)

Orchestra consists of

4 musicians: violin, viola da gamba, harpsichord and lute

Mell / Baltzar, John come kiss me now


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