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‘This beguiling trove of pieces comes from a mysterious 17th-century manuscript which, judging from the quality and intricacy of the music, must have belonged to a skilled and discerning player of the lyra viol,’ writes Kate Bolton in her review of this recording in our September issue.

‘Such a gamut of styles demands terrific flexibility, and Robert Smith is an outstanding interpreter, casting eloquent melodies and long-breathed contrapuntal lines,’ she adds, awarding the disc the full five stars.

It is a collection of character pieces, including Kate of Hardie and Piggies of Rumsey, in different tunings. Today you can download Prelude and Lancashire Pipes, which is in the Lancashire Pipes tuning.

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