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reviews Mr. Kynaston's Famous Dance Vol 1&2 by Belshazzar's Feast

Mr. Kynastons Famous Dance, Vol. 2: The She Favourite  
Amazing what two musicians can do with a collection of old dance tunes. Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe and violin) put their stamp on selections from the Kynaston collection of English country dances. Many of the tunes, published in yearly editions in the first half of the 18th century, are attributed to Nathaniel Kynaston himself, though how many is debatable. The two Pauls have recorded these tunes for the purpose of dancing, i.e., at dance tempo and with the requisite number of repetitions. What this means is that if youre just sitting and listening, they sometimes go on a little long. Usually, however, they manage to keep the arrangements varied enough to stave off ennui. They have keen ears for counterpoint without sacrificing the necessary rhythmic lilt. While they dont have the lushness and sweep of Bare Necessities, they more than make up for it with their more intimate lightness and transparency.