Consort of Musicke

Biography

Active: 1969 - ; London, England
The start of a beautiful friendship began between Anthony Rooley and James Tyler while Rooley was teaching at London's Royal Academy of Music. Rooley, who began his musical career as a classical guitarist, was seeking to branch out into the earlier musical repertories that were calling him: the secular music of Europe's late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. He thus founded the early music ensemble the Consort of Musicke with Tyler, and the Read more early music scene around the world has not been the same since. By the close of its first decade, the ensemble -- which tended at that time to perform instrumental repertories, though frequently adding a single voice -- was achieving striking success in the British media, was awarded a grant from the British Arts Council, and struck a recording contract with Decca. Already the Consort was not only making a name for thoughtful and passionate performances of English secular music, but also had embarked on a lengthy fascination with the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century madrigal repertories. The Consort of Musicke not only featured performances throughout the madrigals of Monteverdi, but seemingly delighted in lesser-known composers: John Coperario, Sigismondo d'India, Henry Lawes, Biagio Marini, Barbara Strozzi, Giaches de Wert, and John Ward.

The three hallmarks of the Consort's nearly three decades of music-making are its vitality, its theatricality, and its consistency. Critics often note the more vibrant sound, especially in comparison to the English Cathedral tradition of perfectly balanced sonic structures. The Consort sacrifices balance for natural emotional flow. This often leads to added visual aspects to performances, as well: gesture or even choreography. It is no accident that the group's video recordings are as popular as the merely audible product. At the same time, the consistency of the Consort's membership aids its dramatic musicality, as many of the same performers have been interacting with each other for decades. The core singers begin with Rooley's wife Emma Kirkby and continue down the roster: Evelyn Tubb, Mary Nichols, Andrew King, Joseph Cornwell, and Simon Grant. Among the prestigious labels that have published their works are Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, L'Oiseau Lyre, Virgin Veritas, Hyperion, ASV, and Rooley's own label, Musica Oscura. Read less

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Biography

Active: 1969 - ; London, England
The start of a beautiful friendship began between Anthony Rooley and James Tyler while Rooley was teaching at London's Royal Academy of Music. Rooley, who began his musical career as a classical guitarist, was seeking to branch out into the earlier musical repertories that were calling him: the secular music of Europe's late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. He thus founded the early music ensemble the Consort of Musicke with Tyler, and the Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Gioite voi col canto
2. S'io non miro non moro
3. Itene, o miei sospiri
4. Dolcissima mia vita
5. O dolorosa gioia
6. Qual fora, donna
7. Felicissimo sono
8. Se vi duol il mio duolo
9. Occhi del mio cor vita
10. Languisce al fin
11. Merce grido piangendo
12. O voi, troppo felici
13. Correte, amanti, a prova
14. Asciugate i begli occhi
15. Tu m'uccidi, o crudele
16. Deh, coprute il bel seno
17. Poichè l'avida sete
18. Ma tu, cagion
19. O tenebroso giorno
20. Se tu fuggi, io non resto
21. T'amo, mia vita
1. I saw my lady weep
2. Flow my tears
3. Sorrow, stay
4. Die not before thy day
5. Mourn, day is with darkness fled
6. Time's eldest son
7. Then sit thee down
8. When others sing Venite
9. Praise blindness eyes
10. O sweet woods
11. If floods of tears
12. Fine knacks for ladies
13. Now cease my wand'ring eyes
14. Come ye heavy states of night
15. White as lilies was her face
16. Woeful heart
17. A shepherd in a shade
18. Faction that ever dwells
19. Shall I sue
20. Toss not my soul
21. Clear or cloudy
22. Humor say what mak'st thou here
1. Farewell too fair
2. Time stands still
3. Behold a wonder here
4. Daphne was not so chaste
5. Me, me and none but me
6. When Phoebus first did Daphne love
7. Say, Love, if ever thou didst find
8. Flow not so fast, ye fountains
9. What if I never speed
10. Love stood amazed
11. Lend your ears to my sorrow
12. By a fountain where I lay
13. O what hath overwrought
14. Farewell, unkind
15. Weep you no more, sad fountains
16. Fie on this feigning
17. I must complain
18. It was a time when silly bees
19. The lowest trees have tops
20. What poor astromomers are they
21. Come when I call
1. Disdain me still
2. Sweet stay awhile
3. To ask for all thy love
4. Love, those beams that breed
5. Shall I strive with words to move
6. Were every thought an eye
7. Stay, Time, awhile thy flying
8. Tell me, true love
9. Go nightly cares
10. From silent night
11. Lasso vita mia
12. In this trembling shadow cast
13. If that a sinner's sighs
14. Thou mighty God
15. When David's life
16. When the poor cripple
17. Where sin sore wounding
18. My heart and tongue were twins
19. Up merry mates
20. Welcome black night
21. Cease these false sports
1. Lord turn not away
2. Lord in thy wrath
3. Lord consider my distress
4. O Lord of whom I do depend
5. Where righteousness doth say
6. Lord to thee I make my moan
7. Lord hear my prayer
Lachrimae Antiquae
Lachrimae Antiquae Novae
Lachrimae Gementes
Lachrimae Tristes
Lachrimae Coactae
Lachrimae Amantis
Lachrimae Verae
M. John Langton's Pavan
M. Nicolas Gryffith his Galiard
Sir John Souch, his Galiard
Semper Dowland semper dolens
M. Giles Hobies Galiard
The King of Denmark's Galiard
Sir Henry Upton's Funeral
M. Henry Noel his Galiard
The Earl of Essex Galiard
M. Buctons Galiard
M. George Whithead his Almand
Captaine Digorie Piper his Galiard
M. Thomas Collier his Galiard
Mrs Nichols Almand
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - Proemio: Fate silenzio
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor grave
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor allegro
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor universale
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor misto
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor licentioso
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor dolente
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor lusinghiero
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor malenconico
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor gentile
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor affetuoso
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor perfidioso
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor sincero
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor svegghiato
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor balzano
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - Conclusione
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Altri canti d'amor: Sinfonia "Altri canti d'Amor, tenero Arciero"
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Altri canti d'amor: 'Tu Chi tessuta han di Cesare alloro'
Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8, 'Madrigali guerrieri, Hor che'l ciel': "Hor ch'el ciel e la terra, e'l vento tace"
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Hor che'l ciel: 'Cosi sol d,una chiara fonte viva'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Ogni amante è guerrier: 'Ogni amante è guerrier, nel suo gran regno'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Ogni amante è guerrier: 'Io che nell'otio naqui e d'otio vissi'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Ogni amante è guerrier: 'Ma per ampio Egeo spieghi le vele'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Tancredi, che Clorinda un homo stima'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Non schivar, non parar, non pur ritrasi'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Tre volte il cavalier la donna stringe'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Torna l'ira nei cori. e li trasporta'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Amico, hai vinto: io ti perdon... perdona'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi, Lamento della ninfa: 'Non havea Febo ancora'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi, Lamento della ninfa: 'Amor, dicea, il ciel'
Tu fuggi e col fuggire
Lasso io prima morire
Udite, amanti, udite
Non garir, Augellino (prima parte)
Importun Augellino (seconda parte)
S'ancor tu amante sei (terza parte)
Son morta
La mia cruda Brunetta
Ardo, sospiro e piango
Lasso, perche mi fuggi


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