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Kinloch's Fantasy
Puirt a Baroque: (David Greenberg (baroque and modern violins); Terry McKenna (baroque and steel-stringed guitars); David Sandall (harpsichord).) 20 tracks; 63'00". Marquis Classics 7 7471-81211-2 7 (distributed by EMI and Allegro).
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Subtitled "A Curious Collection of Scottish Sonatas and Reels", this album features Baroque Scottish music played like Scottish dance tunes and Scottish Dance tunes played like Baroque... you get the idea. While it sounds like a theory album, the performances are much too good to dismiss it as such and this music is seated very deeply in a time when lines were not drawn too sharply between classical and folk musics. Classical composers since the 17th century (Purcell, Haydn, J.C. Bach, etc.) have created settings of Scottish music, and Scottish musicians of the era were often equally at home with jigs and gigues.

The music here is generally 18th century and performed with an expressive and dynamic Baroque performance sensibility. However, the performances are still a bit repressed, and this album never quite wakes up (except for some of the Cape Breton music that Greenberg is known for). Unfortunately, it is not helped by a slightly pinched recorded sound in the violin. So, I leave this album on my Christmas list for friends who love Baroque music. For my traditional friends I'll look for Puirt a Baroque's earlier "Bach Meets Cape Breton". Rating: B.

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