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Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place

Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place

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"A musical transport to the threshold between the ordinary and the spiritual... to the point where the ordinary becomes spiritual and the spiritual becomes ordinary."


Premier Prélude: F. Couperin; Passacaille, C Major: L. Couperin; La Sylva: Forqueray; Quatriéme Prélude: F. Couperin; Andante, BWV 964: Bach; Cinquième Prélude: F. Couperin; Allemande (1726): Rameau; Sarabande, Op. 97: Bell; O lux beata trinitas: Sweelinck; Ave verum corpus: Byrd; Chaconne ou Passacaille, g minor: L. Couperin; Fantasia 10, BWV 797: Bach; La Du Vaucel: Forqueray; Second Prélude: F. Couperin; Allemande, D Major (1656): Froberger; Les Soupirs: Rameau

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In a Garden of Dreamers

In a Garden of Dreamers

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Two-CD set of music by Larry Bell, featuring The Seasons, a cantata in five sections—Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Finale. The cantata is organized with four song cycles each made up of five songs and a Finale uniting all the voices and instruments. The major work on this program, lasting in excess of 75 minutes, The Seasons sets the profoundly intimate and vividly imagistic poetry of Elizabeth Kirschner. (Albany records)

The Seasons
Thomas Gregg, tenor, Bethany Condon, mezzo-soprano, Philip Lima, baritone, Erin Holmes, soprano, Emily Laurance, Ina Zdorovetchi, harp, Larry Bell, Maja Tremiszewska, piano, Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord, John Muratore, guitar

Cello Suite with Harpsichord Figured Bass, Op. 110
Sam Ou, cello, Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord

Partita No. 1 for Harpsichord, Op. 97
Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord

Caprice No. 3 for Alto Recorder, Op. 54
Aldo Abreu, recorder

Partita No. 2 for Harpsichord, Op 102
Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord

Serenade No. 2, Op. 98
Aldo Abreu, recorder, Sam Ou, cello, Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord

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O'Sullivan Meets O'Farrell, Vol. 2

O'Sullivan Meets O'Farrell, Vol. 2

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In Volume II of his seminal work on the O'Farrell collections, master uilleann piper Jerry O'Sullivan is joined by baroque cellist Audrey Sabattier Cienniwa and harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa to reveal the symbiotic affinity between the Irish pipes and 18th-century baroque music. While Volume I featured solo pipes pieces from the folk tradition, this album explores, in suite format, music that is more baroque and continental in nature. Acoustically, the combination of pipes, harpsichord and cello presented by an ensemble of consummate musicians evokes a period where both rural and romantic idioms both delighted and satisfied a wide spectrum of musical tastes.

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Bach: Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba

Bach: Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba

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CD recording of Bach's complete Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba, performed by Audrey Cienniwa (violoncello piccolo) and Paul Cienniwa (harpsichord). Also includes "Es duenket mich" (Cantata 175) and "Ich fuerchte nicht (Cantata 183).

The Strad, Feb. '09: "These performances rarely disappoint...The Cienniwas are uncomplicated, instinctive musicians with a remarkable musical rapport."

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Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

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CD recording of the 2009 live performance of Purcell's beloved opera. With Newport Baroque and Sine Nomine, under the direction of Paul Cienniwa.

DIDO: Christine Teeters, soprano
BELINDA: Rebecca Teeters, soprano
SECOND WOMAN: Vanessa Isiguen, soprano
SORCERESS: Christina English, mezzo-soprano
FIRST WITCH: Vanessa Isiguen, soproano
SECOND WITCH: Carola Emrich-Fisher, mezzo-soprano
SPIRIT: Christina English, mezzo-soprano
AENEAS: Ethan Bremner, tenor
SAILOR: Carola Emrich-Fisher, mezzo-soprano
CHORUS: Sine Nomine choral ensemble

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Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place

by Paul Cienniwa

A thin place is the threshold between the ordinary and the spiritual. While usually considered a physical location, music, for me, can also be a thin place. In this spirit, it is my greatest desire to bring my audience to a thin place through the beautiful stately elegance of the harpsichord’s most introspective repertoire.

This recording contains some of my most favorite slow, meditative harpsichord pieces. I was careful to select contemplative works over melancholy ones, favoring major keys over minor keys and avoiding lamentations and tombeaux. In choosing a venue for the recording, I had two criteria: The space had to be good acoustically, and it had to be a thin place where I could feel a sense of prayer and peace.

From the selection of repertoire to its preparation to the recording venue itself, I have sought to make this recording within a prayerful, meditative context. It is my hope that this CD will touch you and move you to crave other meditative experiences while also encouraging you to seek out harpsichord recitals and recordings.

MP3 Album: O'Sullivan Meets O'Farrell, Vol. 2

by Paul Cienniwa

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  2. 2 The Serenade 01:54 More info... $0.99 +
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  3. 3 Duett XII (Tho' Prudence May Press Me) 01:45 More info... $0.99 +
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  4. 4 Kean O'Hara 01:42 More info... $0.99 +
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  5. 5 Bath Medley 01:14 More info... $0.99 +
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  6. 6 O'Carolan's Concerto 03:18 More info... $0.99 +
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  7. 7 The Spinning Wheel 02:32 More info... $0.99 +
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  8. 8 The Ulster Rondo 01:35 More info... $0.99 +
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  9. 9 O'Carolan's Cup and The Blush of Aurora 04:27 More info... $0.99 +
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  10. 10 The Imperial Quickstep and Duett III (Gavot) 03:29 More info... $0.99 +
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  11. 11 The Echoing Horn 01:33 More info... $0.99 +
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  12. 12 Princess Royal 02:41 More info... $0.99 +
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  13. 13 The Retreat 01:46 More info... $0.99 +
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  14. 14 To Daunton Me 03:46 More info... $0.99 +
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  15. 15 Handel's Minuett and Let Fame Sound the Trumpet 04:15 More info... $0.99 +
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  16. 16 The Goblet of Wine 02:14 More info... $0.99 +
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  17. 17 Captain O'Kane 01:35 More info... $0.99 +
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  18. 18 The Hen's Concert 01:51 More info... $0.99 +
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  19. 19 Fly Not Yet and The Miller's Maggot 02:50 More info... $0.99 +
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  20. 20 Bright Phoebus 02:42 More info... $0.99 +
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  21. 21 Pipe Gavot and Union Pipe Gavot 04:12 More info... $0.99 +
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  22. 22 To the Post and Away 01:29 More info... $0.99 +
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  23. 23 Sheeling O Guira 03:09 More info... +
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MP3 Album: Bach: Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba

by Paul Cienniwa

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  1. 1 01 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027- Adagio 04:11 More info... $0.75 +
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  2. 2 02 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027- Allegro ma non 03:45 More info... $0.75 +
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  3. 3 03 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027- Andante 02:52 More info... $0.75 +
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  4. 4 04 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027- Allegro modera 03:17 More info... $0.75 +
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  5. 5 05 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028- [Adagio] 02:00 More info... $0.75 +
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  6. 6 06 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028- [Allegro] 03:38 More info... $0.75 +
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  7. 7 07 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028- Andante 04:53 More info... $0.75 +
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  8. 8 08 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028- Allegro 04:23 More info... $0.75 +
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  9. 9 09 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029- Vivace 05:01 More info... $0.75 +
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  10. 10 10 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029- Adagio 06:18 More info... $0.75 +
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  11. 11 11 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029- Allegro 03:51 More info... $0.75 +
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  12. 12 12 - Cantata No. 175, 'Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen,' BWV 175 (BC A89)- Es dünk 05:17 More info... $0.75 +
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  13. 13 13 - Cantata No. 183, 'Sie werden euch in den Bann tun,' BWV 183 (BC A79)- Ich fürch 07:32 More info... $0.75 +
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MP3 Album: Henry Purcell's Dido & Aeneas

by Paul Cienniwa

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  1. 1 Overture 02:23 More info... +
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  2. 2 Shake the cloud from off your brow 01:06 More info... +
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  3. 3 Ah! Belinda 04:23 More info... +
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  4. 4 Grief increases by concealing 00:47 More info... +
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  5. 5 Whence did so much virtue spring? 01:38 More info... +
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  6. 6 Fear no danger 01:49 More info... +
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  7. 7 See, your royal guest appears 00:51 More info... +
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  8. 8 Cupid only throws the dart 00:35 More info... +
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  9. 9 If not for mine, For empire's sake 01:18 More info... +
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  10. 10 To the hills and the vales 02:32 More info... +
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  11. 11 Prelude 02:10 More info... +
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  12. 12 The Queen of Carthage 00:45 More info... +
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  13. 13 Ruin'd ere the set of sun? 01:18 More info... +
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  14. 14 But ere we this perform 01:17 More info... +
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  15. 15 In our deep vaulted cell 01:35 More info... +
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  16. 16 Echo Dance of Furies 01:06 More info... +
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  17. 17 Ritornelle 00:45 More info... +
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  18. 18 Oft she visits 01:40 More info... +
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  19. 19 Behold, upon my bending spear 00:29 More info... +
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  20. 20 Haste, haste to town 00:50 More info... +
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  21. 21 Stay, Prince 02:50 More info... +
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  22. 22 Prelude 02:06 More info... +
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  23. 23 The Sailors' Dance 00:59 More info... +
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  24. 24 See the flags and streamers curling 00:57 More info... +
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  25. 25 Our next motion 00:34 More info... +
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  26. 26 Destruction's our delight 00:37 More info... +
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  27. 27 The Witches' Dance 01:19 More info... +
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  28. 28 Your council all is urg'd in vain 03:28 More info... +
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  29. 29 Great minds against themselves conspire 01:03 More info... +
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  30. 30 Thy hand, Belinda 04:10 More info... +
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  31. 31 With drooping wings 05:14 More info... +
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