Love is the Cause
Jonathan Dunford & Rob MacKillop
Alpha 530 - 1 CD
This is a lovely CD!
I enjoyed the lyrical, singing quality that both MacKillop (on Baroque guitar) and Dunford (on viola da gamba) brought to these wonderful pieces. (And who doesn't love good Scottish tunes?)
The program is drawn from a wide range of sources, including a print by Thomson, and the Wemyss, Straloch, Panmure, de Gallot, Princess Anne, Schiller, and Leyden manuscripts. The mood ranges from the boisterous to tender.
There are 11 pieces played as duets, 12 viol solos, and 12 guitar solos. The duets are nicely arranged and the performers often exchange roles of soloist and accompanist.
I liked the lusty tunes with Rob’s spirited and zesty strumming (and percussion)! I can imagine both of the performers breaking into a good laugh after several of the pieces -- they certainly brought a smile to me!
Rob’s arrangements of five lute pieces sound very good on the guitar. The original guitar pieces have not been recorded before, as far as I know. I commend him for making those shifts in the original guitar pieces sound so effortless -- all I hear is music.
The recorded sound is terrific, too. It seems intimate and "real", capturing even the delicate string of slurred notes in "Virginitie".
Rob has a lovely touch and tone on the instrument, as does Dunford. I appreciate the gambist’s sensitivity to Rob’s playing.
Very nice liner notes. They are informative and give a good overview of the context and sources.
A complete track list can be found here:http://www.outhere-music.com/store-Alpha_530
My sincere congratulations!