The Genteel Companion was the title of a little book of instructions and tunes for the recorder, published in 1683. At that time the recorder had become a fashionable instrument. The book’s full title was: The Genteel Companion: Being exact Directions for the Recorder with a collection of the Best and Newest Tunes and Grounds Extant. Carefully Composed and Gathered by Humphrey Salter. This title was undoubtedly suggested by that of a comparable method for the flageolet which had been published twelve years earlier, Thomas Greeting’s Pleasant Companion.
“[this recording] is the very epitome of charm and decorum…whether he’s in the company of such exceptional musicians as Monica Huggett, Roy Goodman, Jakob Lindberg or Timothy Roberts, or of composers such as Telemann, Handel, Baston or Croft, it’s Harvey’s urbanity and disarming sprezzatura that shine through every time” Gramophone