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Music - 'tis nature's voice

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Midsummer Night - Music - 'tis nature's voice

Festive and joyful, contemplative and pensive, and with a strong nod toward nature, this is music for a Midsummer Night:

The list begins with the beautifully simple song Uccelino, which asks: "Little bird, beautiful little bird, how can you sing so sweetly?", followed by dance music and more reflective pieces, as the sun (almost) sets for only a short time in this 'eternal' season. (The dances include the medieval Estampie, the Bransle, a type of Renaissance dance popular in the early 16th century, the Saltarello, a dance originally from Italy and two Baroque dance movements, the Gigue and the Courante.) The Grand Duke throws a Baroque ball, and Purcell praises nature's voice. And you may even end up falling asleep to the songs of nightingales.

Uccelino (anon)

Sirinu

Angelo Michele Bartolotti: Prelude

La Palatine

Douce Dame Debonaire (trad.)

Joglaresa

Bransle de la Torche (trad.)

Lux Musicae London

Estampie Real (trad.)

Archaedium

Guillaume Dufay: Saltarello

Jordi Savall, La Capella Real De Catalunya

William Williams: In Imitation of Birds

Ensemble Sonority

Quant je suis mis au retour

Joglaresa

Giovanni Legrenzi: Ballo del Granduca

Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Jones: Chamber Airs Op 2, No 4, A minor Giga. Allegro

Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque

Ca' the Yowes (trad.)

Flautadors

Henry Purcell: 'tis Nature's Voice

Elisabeth Kenny, Robin Blaze

John Jenkins: Fantasia Suite in A minor, No1, III

Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque

Jacques Hotteterre: Pourquoi doux rossignol

Ensemble Sonorita

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