Performed on four instruments matched to the periods in question, and captured in sumptuous recorded sound, Gordon Ferries’s most recent solo recital spans two centuries of music with royal connections – from the chansons and elegant counterpoint of sixteenth-century France’s cultivated humanist courts and the exquisitely melancholy dance-forms heard in the private chambers of Versailles, to the extraordinary place of guitar music in the decadence, sexual intrigue and Baroque splendour of Restoration England. The Italian-born composer and guitarist Francesco Corbetta (1615–1681) served both Charles II and his cousin Louis XIV, and his music provides a common thread.
"In these renditions on period instruments by Gordon Ferries of pieces by (mostly French) court composers, there is an elegance and poise that both soothes and satisfies"
"These are crisp, clean interpretations, warmed by Ferries’ naturally sensitive musicianship."
- The Scotsman
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 35
Total playing time: 1:12:51
First UK release date: May 12, 2011
Album ID: DCD34111