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The Medieval Lady

"A delightful view in miniature of the evolution of song and instrumental airs preceding the boom of the Baroque...Andrea Folan's youthful, sweet soprano is well-suited to Boleyn's and later dance-influenced English-language songs. Her broad knowledge of the repertoire is evidenced in her decoration of the melody line of a poem by the Countess of Dia from 12th Century southern France; there are suggestions of Ladino and later Spanish stylings. The accompaniments and non-vocal numbers are performed gently but confidently on period instruments." Jeff Kaliss, Muze (Muze provides reviews for online merchants.) Kaliss also writes for The San Francisco Chronicle.

"Nicely engineered CD...has the intimate ambiance needed for this style of music...Susan Sandman and Derwood Crocker play nine instruments between them...Both are consummate musicians..."[Folan's] light, yet warm soprano is beautifully suited to the works here. Her diction is exemplary and ornamentation tasteful and varied. The balance between the three performers here is excellent...Several of the cuts are instrumental only, and each line is clearly heard in the texture of the whole piece." Candace Magner, Journal of Singing.

"Folan is sweet-voiced, artfully capturing the mood of the mainly melancholy words and tunes. Sandman and Crocker are erudite, yet sensitive to the music." Parsons, American Record Guide.

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