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Melancholy Grace - Jean Rondeau (harpsichord)
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  1. Il primo libro d'intavolatura di toccate di cimbalo et organo, No. 7, Toccata settima
  2. Fantasia
  3. Passacaille del Seignour Louigi, for harpsichord (from the Bauyn Manuscript)
  4. Toccata Quarta per l'elevazione for keyboard
  5. Fantasia Chromatica, for keyboard "Dorian", SwWV 258
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  1. Il primo libro d'intavolatura di toccate di cimbalo et organo, No. 7, Toccata settima
  2. Fantasia
  3. Passacaille del Seignour Louigi, for harpsichord (from the Bauyn Manuscript)
  4. Toccata Quarta per l'elevazione for keyboard
  5. Fantasia Chromatica, for keyboard "Dorian", SwWV 258
  6. Ballo alla polacha con il suo saltrello, for harpsichord (Balli d'Arpicordo)
  7. Melancholy Pavan, for keyboard, MB 67a
  8. Melancholy Galliard, for keyboard, MB 67b
  9. Paduana Lachrymae, for keyboard, WV 106 (after Dowland)
  10. Ballo alla polacha con il suo saltrello, for harpsichord (Balli d'Arpicordo)
  11. Toccata del Quarto Tono for organ
  12. Recercar di legature, for keyboard
  13. Il primo libro d'intavolatura di toccate di cimbalo et organo, No. 4, Toccata quarta
  14. Il primo libro d'intavolatura di toccate di cimbalo et organo, No. 1, Toccata prima
  15. Sortemeplus con alcuni fioretti, for harpsichord
  16. Pavana, for keyboard (Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, No. 292)
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There is a lot going on in this compelling release by harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, and within the rubric proposed by the title, Melancholy Grace, are several different strands. First, Rondeau points to two conceptions of melancholy during the Renaissance; it may refer to musical representations of tears and weeping or the use of chromaticism. Each of these is realized with a different instrument, a 16th century Italian virginal for the weeping and a modern replica of a mighty 18th century instrument for the chromaticism. ...

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