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by Duo Arioso / Michelle Matsumune & Melinda Johnson

A delightful collection of Renaissance music featuring critically acclaimed performances by Duo Arioso - Michelle Matsumune - Flutes & Melinda Johnson - Harps.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Woodycock
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2. Estampie
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3. Light O Love / Romance
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4. Quodling's Delight / Pastime With Good Company
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5. Corne Yards
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6. To Drive The Cold Winter Away
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7. Cantico / Shandon Bells
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8. Hey, Ho, Nobody Home
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9. Hornpipe
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10. Three Ravens / Turtledoves
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11. Tired Maggie
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12. Come Live With Me And Be My Love
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13. In These Delightful Pleasant Groves
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14. Hornpipe Rondo
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15. Aim Not Too High (Fortune)
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16. The Cutty Wren
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17. Robin
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18. Salterello
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19. Canon
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20. Angelus ad Virginum
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Album Notes
CANTICO - this critically acclaimed recording by DUO ARIOSO serves up a feast of Early Music, sumptuously arranged for flutes & harps. Flavored in the Renaissance tradition, CANTICO features lively & familiar works from the 13th to the 17th Centuries such as 'Estampie', 'Salterello', 'Hey, Ho, Nobody Home', 'The Cutty Wren' and a rousing rendition of Henry Purcell's 'Hornpipe'. Romantically reflective selections are here as well, with the timeless melodies of 'Robin', 'Light O Love'/'Romance', 'Three Ravens'/'Turtledoves' and the 16th Century classic 'To Drive The Cold Winter Away'. These flavorful arrangements include a unique array of instrumentation such as the alto flute, flute, piccolo, the concert pedal harp, celtic & lap harps, as well as cello and various period percussion. CANTICO is truly a musical delight for all tastes!

DUO ARIOSO - features Flautist-Michelle Matsumune and Harpist-Melinda Johnson. This exciting musical duo maintains a varied repetoire of music ranging from early music to contemporary classics. Ms. Matsumune holds an MFA in Flute Performance from The California Institute for the Arts, while Ms. Johnson holds a BA in Music Performance & an MFA in Film from The American Film Institute. In addition to DUO ARIOSO, Michelle & Melinda are professional musicians who teach, record & perform extensively throughout Southern California.


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Jackie NiSidhe

Truly gorgeous early and European Ritual songs
This was a rare and wonderful find...fantastic recordings of early music and European ritual kind of songs...fans of things like Revels and seasonal festivals will adore this. very, very cool!


Superior CD!!!!!!!!
The entire CD is executed to perfection!!! Extremely delightful jigs and dreamy melodies of the world of Shakespeare and Marlowe!!!!! I love-a, love-a, love-a every track!!!!!!!!


Traditional Instruments And Songs Make A Lovely Mix of Music
The blending of instruments produces a CD that is quiet and relaxing without being boring. This is exactly the kind of traditional music you might hear in a quiet spot at a Renaissance faire. The performances and sound quality are excellent with a nice mix of tempos and types of pieces, but I would like to see credit given for the percussion. The notes on the songs are brief, but provide a nice context for each piece.

David Allan

Wow! What a sound! Great album!
Michelle's flute sound is truly mesmorizing! What a gorgeous player! The CDs selections are creative and exciting ... so very much different than the run-of-the-mill compilations so often put out there. Michelle and Melinda blend as if they've played together all their lives! Another really fine CD I'm happy to have in my collection.

Helene Rosenblatt - BLACKLEDGE WWQ/Equal Voicings

Enjoyable recording, sounds like the performers are having fun and playing their
I enjoyed this recording. Fun to listen to and sounds like the artists were having fun making music. Nice playing, with a good variety of pieces.