"Furnished with a varietie of delicious Ayres, collected out of the best authors in English, French, Spanish and Italian". Robert Dowland the son of Dowland "The English Orpheus" was the compiler of this fine anthology dedicated to Sir Robert Sidney, once Lord Chamberlain. In an age of "conceit" It was common enough to select some contrasting idea or image and apply it to an unrelated concept—hence the title "Musicall Banquet" which Robert Dowland charmingly describes as "like a careful confectionary", continuing that "as neere as might be I have fitted my Banquet for all tastes".
If Michel Corrette was a little over-enthusiastic in crediting Corelli with the invention of both sonata and concerto form as it was known and understood in the mid-eighteenth century, Roger North had only to judge by the enormous popularity of the Italian master's works in England in the 1720s to deduce that they would be immortal… Monica Huggett…brings a sweetness of tone and a perfection of technical control that cannot but inspire admiration on their own count, but in combination with such unerring musical insight as is to be found here makes these into quite masterly interpretations… The continuo members of Trio Sonnerie are unerringly tasteful in their playing, while Nigel North on theorbo and other plucked instruments is quite stunningly imaginative. North's choice of the baroque guitar and his playing of it in Corelli's Follia Variations is quite inspired.(Tess Knighton)
Automatica is the new album from YouTube and social media sensation Nigel Stanford whose wildly popular 2014 video, Cymatics, heralded a brand-new synthesis of music, art and physics. This album takes Stanford s trademark synthesis of dance-pop, electronica and technological innovation to a new level and features a groundbreaking new title-track video. For the Automatica single/video Stanford came up with the idea of programming robots to play instruments keyboards, bass, drums and after a month of programming, Stanford had achieved a technologically stunning video. Automatica is the first Stanford album with vocals and features guest singers Catey Shaw, Elizaveta, Dallin Applebaum and rapper Noah Caine.