La Royalle: Music for Kings and Courtiers

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.

"A beautifully-recorded selection...brought vividly to life by Scottish virtuoso Gordon Ferries."

"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."

"My IRR colleague and lute afficionado Christopher Price has been an admirer of the Scottish musician Gordon Ferries for some time; this is the first time I have heard him – and I am impressed. The disc is beautifully produced…Ferries’ playing is clean and unfussy and he has a particularly attractive way with trills … it is subtle, rich and probing…I am impressed and am confident other lovers of this repertory will be too."

"Ferries is clearly a master of everything he puts his hand to, both technically and in his interpretation of the different styles of music. A delight to listen to from start to finish."


Producer: Paul Baxter
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 35
Release date: 5 November 2012
Album ID: DCD34111
Total playing time: 1:12:51

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