Jessamyn's Regency Costume Companion: Bookstore Recordings

English Country Dances. Appropriate music for a country-house ball, performed by the Broadside Band. Includes "Mr. Beveridge's Maggot," which is used in a dancing scene in A&E's Pride and Prejudice.

Country Capers: Music from The English Country Dancing Master. The New York Renaissance Band plays period music by Playford for dances with two couples, three couples, groups, and "longways for eight or more." Described as "a must-have for any fan of English Country Dance."

The Music and Songs of Jane Austen. This CD features works from Jane's personal collection. She frequently borrowed music and copied out the pieces she liked. Works by Linley, Boyce, Dibdin, Sterckel, and Kotzwara ("The Battle of Prague") are performed in period style on fortepiano, flute, guitar, bass viol, and violin, with tenor voice.

Jane's Hand: The Jane Austen Songbooks. More of Austen's transcribed favorites for voice and fortepiano, this is an eclectic collection ranging from Handel's "Ask If Yon Damask Rose" to Dibdin's "Go and On My Truth Relying." Sung by soprano Julianne Baird (see review of her Christmas album).

Piano Favorites of Jane Austen. Martin Souter plays Regency piano sonatas on an 1801 Broadwood fortepiano and an 1807 Stodart square piano. Composers include Haydn, Pleyel, Clementi, Eichner, and Piccini.

Piano Classics from the World of Jane Austen. This CD contains four complete sonatas and premiere recordings of works by Cramer, Clementi, and Schobert. It also includes a 16-page booklet with beautiful photographs, a bibliography, and in-depth program notes discussing Jane Austen's pianistic background, the role music performance fulfills in Austen's plot/character development and social satire, historic/stylistic sketches of each piece, and even the artist's personal speculations as to who might have played what, where, and under what circumstances. What fun!

The Jane Austen Companion. Symphonies and concertos from Austen's time by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Fasch, J.C. Bach, Boyce, Schubert, and others. The pieces are performed by small string orchestras, not Romantic-style symphonies, so this is like attending a real Regency concert.

Looking for some Christmas music to suit your Regency event, or just put you in the mood? Try A Baroque Christmas. Julianne Baird sings traditional English works, such as the "Coventry Carol" and "Wassail Song," as well as German and French Christmas carols with the Aulos Ensemble. Says the San Francisco Examiner, "Topping the list is A Baroque Christmas... Baird remains a captivating exponent of early music and her cool soprano is heard at its most serene. The five-member period-instrument consort, which frequently performs at the Metropolitan in New York, delivers wonderfully stylish and imaginative accompaniments. A great selection!"

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