[ Rubicon Classics / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 9 June 2017
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The Alehouse Sessions - curated and devised by Bjarte Eike, is an ever changing and evolving insight into the music of the English 17th Century tavern. It gives audiences a window into this tumultuous period through Purcell overtures, English sea shanties, and Scandinavian folk songs thrown in for good measure. The atmosphere of a raucous port city pub in the 1690s is brilliantly evoked by Barokksolistene. These sessions have already been hailed as 'irresistible' [The Times], 'superb' [The Scotsman] and 'fabulously unrestrained' [The Guardian], and they have diverted away from the traditional concert model by 'creating the effect of a late night jamming session' [BBC Music Magazine].
'The signature of this project is the interaction on stage between the players and the audience. If it has to be put in a historical context, the project draws its inspiration from the Shakespearian theatre where there was a direct communication between stage and hall' says Bjarte Eike.
Wollom Green (John Playford)
Timon of Athens - Curtain tune (Henry Purcell)
Aria: 'Lead me' from Bonduca (Purcell) + Italian Rant (Playford)
Haul Away Joe (trad English sea shanty)
Johnny Faa (trad Scottish 17th century)
The hole in the wall - Hornpipe from Abdelazar (Purcell)
Virgin Queen, Stingo, Bobbing Joe (Playford)
Pass around the grog (trad sea shanty)
Travel set - Norwegian, Scottish/Shetland
I drew my ship (trad English 19th century)
Carolan's Cup (Turlough O'Carolan)
The Canadian set (trad Canadian Reels)
Leave her Johnny (trad English sea shanty)