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Belshazzar's Feast

John Playfordís Secret Ball WGS 304 CD

For this celebration of The English Dancing Master, Paul Hutchinson (accordion), Paul Sartin (oboe, violin) are joined by Robert Harbron (concertina etc) and Will Balkwill (trumpet).

They have selected fourteen of the tunes and arranged them in a more accessible way than the previous CD. Many of the usual suspects are here: Parsons Farewell, Goddesses, Jenny Pluck Pears etc, and a couple Iím not familiar with (The London Gentlewoman). The limited improvisation in the style of the tune adds to the depth of the music.

This is quite a listenable offering and might even have some appeal to the dance club fraternity!


Ivan North.

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