Laurence Dean & Andrew Lawrence-King
Baroque Flute                        Harp                         
   

The Duo

Laurence Dean and Andrew Lawrence-King form a perfect partnership: On the one hand the baroque flute and the harp are an ideal combination and on the other the members of the duo are united by a common musical language and enter a musical dialogue in which every nuance of one partner is taken up and supported by the other. Both musicians play in a wonderfully relaxed manner, giving their performances a natural flexibility of dynamic and timing within the musical phrases and thereby opening up room for a unique depth of expression.

Baroque Flutist

Laurence Dean’s baroque flute playing is especially marked by his clear, warm timbre. On the basis of a solid instrumental technique and a thorough study of the historical and musical background he performs the music in a way which emphasizes the sensuousness of the sound and the emotional content of the music.

  

Laurence Dean lives in Hamburg, was born in Wolverhampton and studied the baroque flute with Wilbert Hazelzet in Bremen and Barthold Kuijken in The Hague. He performs regularly with his duo partners Andrew Lawrence-King, harp, Bernward Lohr and Carsten Lohff, harpsichord and pianoforte. As founder of the ensemble “Mr. Burney’s Payers” Laurence Dean directs his own musical projects. Alongside this activity he appears as soloist with ensembles such as the Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Fiori Musicali Bremen, and La Stravaganza Cologne.

    He has recorded for many northern European radio and television stations, toured with orchestras and chamber music groups throughout Europe and recorded a number of CDs. Among his appearances on the concert podium he has performed at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Festival d’Ambronnay, Göttingen Handel Festival, Bremen Music Festival and the Leipzig Bach Archive.

   Laurence Dean teaches the baroque flute at the Folkwang Music College in Duisburg and at the Hamburg Conservatory.  He also regularly teaches at the International Summer Academy at Michaelstein Monastery.

      

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Harpist and Continuo Player

Andrew Lawrence-King, baroque-harp virtuoso, imaginative continuo-player, creative and inspiring conductor, is recognised as one of the world’s leading performers of early music.

  

   Andrew Lawrence-King now divides his time between solo recitals, tours with “The Harp Consort” and appearances as guest director who directs from one of several continuo instruments - including harp, organ, harpsichord and psaltery - interspersed with worldwide performances of Luz y norte and Missa Mexicana.

   His musical career began as Head Chorister at the Cathedral and Parish Church of St Peter Port Guernsey, whence he won an Organ Scholarship to Cambridge, completing his studies at the London Early Music Centre. He rapidly established himself as a versatile continuo-player with  Europe's foremost specialist ensembles and in 1988 founded and co-directed the continuo-group Tragicomedia. He joined Jordi Savall's Hesperion XX as harp soloist, and was appointed Professor of Harp and Continuo at the Akademie für Alte Musik, Bremen.

    In 1994 Andrew Lawrence-King formed his own ensemble, “The Harp Consort”, and was immediately signed up by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi for a seven-year series of solo and ensemble recordings, a period in which many prize-winning recordings were produced. Kings work on 17th-century dances with Steven Player and The Harp Consort has won the ensemble an unparalleled reputation for stylish and entertaining stage-shows. The Harp Consort now records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi USA.

    Meanwhile Andrew Lawrence-King as well is an internationally demanded conductor in early music for orchestras, choirs and operas. He has led baroque operas and oratorios at La Scala, Milan; Sydney Opera House; Casals Hall, Tokyo; Berlin Philharmonie; Vienna Konzerthaus; New York’s Carnegie Hall; and Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes. Andrew Lawrence-King is principal guest director of the Florentine baroque ensemble “L’Homme Armé” specialising in early baroque opera and oratorio. He conducted a staged production of Peri’s Euridice at the Los Angeles Getty Centre for the 400th anniversary of the earliest opera.

    A keen sailor, Andrew holds the Royal Yachting Association's coveted Ocean Yachtmaster certificate, and spends most of his free time aboard his boat, ‘Continuo’. This passion for the sea is expressed in his revival of Guernesiais traditional music, Les Travailleurs de la Mer: Ancient Songs from a Small Island.

Press

   BAROQUE FLUTIST AND CONTINUO PLAYER FILLED THE AUDIENCE WITH ENTHUSIASM: Gentle, sweet melodies and an impressive command of their instruments fascinated the audience ... The harp solo in “Amor ist mein Lied” seemed to flow completely naturally. Lawrence-King misses no opportunity for beautiful details. The following solo for the flute was wonderful. Laurence Dean is a passionate player, every note has meaning... Finally Dean once more demonstrated his virtuosity. The whole performance was marked by a concentrated intensity. The final applause was almost unpleasantly loud.

from: Weser Kurier, program: "Amor ist mein Lied"

Programm da4

 

4"AMOR IST MEIN LIED" (+L)

Discography

 

 

 

 

Laurence Dean & Andrew Lawrence-King:

  

„Amor ist Mein Lied“ (Amor is my Song) –

Music of the late eighteenth century for flute and harp

Laurence Dean – baroque flute, Andrew Lawrence-King – harp

compositions by C. F. Abel, G. Ph. Telemann, J. G. Müthel and other

Christophorus Verlag CHR 77162

» For the composers of this recording music was like speaking with a language called sound, they wanted to wake passion, to stir a listener's heart, to descibe souls, to show emotions - Laurence Dean and Andrew Lawrence-King, both brilliant artists on their instruments, do succeed excellently in bringing the sentimental spirit of a whole period onto one sliver disc. And this with a remarkable wide range of expression being in complete harmony. From the tonal point of view as well, this recording is highly recommended. 

(Fono Forum)

  

Laurence Dean:

  

„Le Rossignol en amour“ French Baroque Music for two flutes without bass

works by J.-M. Hotteterre, J. B. de Boismortier and other

Laurence Dean and Christina Ahrens – baroque flute / recorder

Christophorus Verlag CHR 77202

  

J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750) : Sonatas for baroque flute and pianoforte

Laurence Dean – baroque flute, Bernward Lohr – pianoforte

ambitus 96863

  

Johann Adolf Hasse (1699-1783): Flute Concertos

Laurence Dean – baroque flute, Hannoversche Hofkapelle

Christophorus Verlag 77228

  

Johann David Heinichen (1683-1729): Dresden Wind Concertos

Laurence Dean – baroque flute, Martin Stadler – oboe, Fiori Musicali Bremen

cpo 999 637 – 2

  

Franz Benda (1709-1786): Flute Concertos

Laurence Dean – baroque flute, Hannoversche Hofkapelle

Christophorus Verlag CHR 77261

  

Andrew Lawrence-King (selection):

  

Luz y Norte

Diapason d’Or, Amadeus magazine’s CD of the year

  

Missa Mexicana (festive polyphony and popular dances from 17th-century Mexico) chart-topping release, LondonTimes CD of the Year

  

Almira (G. F. Händel)

American Handel Society CD of the Year

  

Italian Concerto (A. L.-K. as conductor and concerto soloist)

best Early Music CD, German Phonographic Academy

   

La púrpura de la rosa (first New World opera)

Noah Greenberg Award

  

Miracles (songs by Gautier de Coincy, 13th -century Prior of Vic)

Dutch “Edison”, Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice,

London Telegraph CD of the Year

  

The Harp of Luduvico (Spanish and Italian renaissance)

  

La Harpe Royale (French Baroque)

  

His Majesty’s Harper (Dowland and Byrd)

  

The Secrets of the Semitones (J. S. Bach)

  

Four Seasons (A. Vivaldi)

  

Ludus Danielis (the medieval 'opera')

        

El Arte de Fantasía (dances, tientos and chansons from the Spanish Golden Age)

  

Chorégraphie: Music for Louis XIV’s Dancing Masters

Music Shortcuts C. Ph. E. Bach: Amor ist mein Lied (Amor is my Song) (mp3, 29 s, 205 KB)
G. Benda: Sonate g major: Allegro Moderato (mp3, 43 s, 301 KB)
J. G. Müthel: Sonata d major: Allegro ma non troppo (mp3, 30 s, 215 KB)
C. Ph. E. Bach: Amor ist mein Lied (Amor is my Song) (mp3, 72 s, 497 KB)