Rousing Baroque folk, dance, and art music, "Dancing in the Isles" includes original arrangements of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, music from the English theater and Jacobean masques, trio sonatas by Scots Oswald and McGibbon, as well as works with a Scottish flavor by Matteis and Veracini, and Purcell's famous Three Parts upon a Ground.
Gramophone says, "Dancing in the Isles is one of the zestiest recordings of recent vintage."
Musica Pacifica, founded in 1990, is widely recognized as one of America's premier Baroque ensembles, lauded for both the dazzling virtuosity and the warm expressiveness of its performances. They have been described as "some of the finest Baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and "among the best in the world" (Alte Musik Aktuell). At home in the San Francisco Bay area, they perform with Philharmonia Baroque and American Bach Soloists, and appear with many other prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad. They have performed at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, Music Before 1800 and the Frick Collection (NY), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the Cleveland Art Museum, Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC), Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque, Seattle Early Music Guild, Early Music Society of the Islands (Victoria, BC), and Houston Early Music Society, among many others.
"Little short of sensational...astonishing...breath-taking throughout"- The Boston Musical Intelligencer