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Nicholas Lanier - A Drop of Amber Varnish

Lucie Skeaping presents highlights of a concert from the York Early Music Festival, exploring the life and work of singer, lutenist, composer and art connoisseur Nicholas Lanier.

Lucie Skeaping presents highlights of a concert recorded at this year's York Early Music Festival, given by tenor Nicholas Mulroy, harpist Frances Kelly and lutenist Paula Chateauneuf. The concert explores the life and music of Nicholas Lanier - "a very ingenious vertuoso". Lanier was appointed the first ever Master of the King's Musick in 1625, but he was also an art connoisseur, sent by Charles I to Italy to buy paintings and recruit Italian artists for the English court. He returned not only with knowledge of the latest developments in Italian music, but having met and befriended the brilliant Artemisia Gentileschi, the first ever professional woman painter. She also revealed to him how she achieved the unique luminosity in her paintings: a mixture of walnut oil and a single drop of amber varnish - a substance also used to coat the bodies of lutes at that time.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Nicholas Lanier

    Mark how the blushful morn

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateuneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Nicholas Lanier

    Bring away this sacred tree

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Nicholas Mulroy

    Silly hear forbear

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    Baletto, corrente del balletto, e passacagli

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Luigi Rossi

    Passacaglia

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Sigismondo d’India

    Mentre che'l chor

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Domenico Mazzocchi

    Dunque ove tu, Signor

    Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Performer: Frances Kelly. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Nicholas Lanier

    Fire, Fire

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Piu lieto il guardo

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Bellerofonte Castaldi

    Capriccio detto Hermafrodito

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Alessandro Grandi

    Jesu mi dulcissime

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Quel squardo sdegnosetto

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Nicholas Lanier

    Sinfonia in G minor

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Nicholas Lanier

    O amantissime Domine

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.
  • Nicholas Lanier

    No more shall meads be deck'd with flowers

    Performer: Frances Kelly. Performer: Paula Chateauneuf. Singer: Nicholas Mulroy.

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