From the Ground Up


Originating as a sexy dance in South America, the ‘chacona’ crossed the Atlantic and established itself in Spain as an irresistible temptation. In 1615, it was banned from Spanish theatres for being ‘lascivious, dishonest, offensive to pious ears’, but the attractions of the chaconne held sway.

From the Ground Up traces its allure from early Spanish chaconnes, through the worlds of Purcell and Piccinini, to Bach’s magisterial example for solo violin. Reanimating the ‘lascivious’, Purcell’s ground basses furnish a harmonic groove for readings from Shakespeare by British actor Samuel West, accompanied by New York rapper Baba Israel.

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Hugo Ticciati

Sam West

Baba Israel

O/Modernt Soloists

RELEASE DATE: 07/06/2019


BARCODE: 63521057421

1. Sound the Trumpet William Shakespeare

2. Ground (Improvisation)

3. Armoniosi concerti sopra la chitarra spagnuola: Chiaccona in parte variate alla vera spagnuola Domenico Pellegrini

4. Yo soy la locura Anonymous

5. Suite Breve: IV. Chaconne Dušan Bogdanović

6. Vuestros ojos tienen d’amor no sé qué Anonymous

7. Intavolatura per Liuto et di Chitarrone, I libro: Ciaccona in partite variate Alessandro Piccinini

8. Partita in D Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004: Ciaccona Johann Sebastian Bach

9. Being (Improvisation)

10. Chacony in G Minor, Z. 730 Henry Purcell

11. Breath (Improvisation) 

12. Inside One Breath Johannes Marmén

13. Chaconne Ground in D Minor Remix Henry Purcell

14. Dido’s Lament Remix Henry Purcell

15. Two Grounds in C Minor Remix Henry Purcell

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