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Henry VIII and His Six Wives / Munrow, Early Music Consort


Release Date: 04/13/2004 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1250   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Thoinot ArbeauAnonymousPierre PhalèseDavid Munrow,   ... 
Performer:  Robert SpencerChristopher HogwoodGeorge MalcolmOliver Brookes,   ... 
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The commissioning of music from David Munrow for the 1972 film Henry VIII and His Six Wives implied the desire for something different, and what was provided was both attactive and effective, composed, arranged and performed with the panache that was characteristic of all David Munrow's activities. Tracks 24-29 on this CD are taken from the LP Greensleeves to a Ground that appeared in 1977, the year after David Munrow's death. The title track, in which he is accompanied by George Malcolm, is a set of variations on a tune that is popularly attributed to Henry VIII. In fact, it emerged later in the 16th century, but "composed" is too strong a word: it is just one of the melodies that emerged to fit a standard bass pattern used Read more for improvisation at the time, the Romanesca. The late-17th century setting is prefaced by a statement of the tune in the harmonization familiar from Vaughan Williams, which sounds more archaic than the early versions. The rest of the disc (tracks 30-34) features further pieces from the latter part of the 16th century all taken from a 2-LP set entitled Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Jouissance vous donneray by Thoinot Arbeau
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1588; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Munrow 
2. Quart livre de danceries: Le Bon Vouloir by Anonymous
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1550; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Munrow 
3. La traditore my fa morire by Pierre Phalèse
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Munrow 
4. Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Fireworks Music by David Munrow
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5. Le petit Gentilhomme by Adrian Le Roy
Performer:  Robert Spencer (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Spencer 
6. Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Henry's Loneliness no 1 by David Munrow
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "The Joust at Westminster" and "Henry's Loneliness no 2". 
7. Henry VIII and his Six Wives: The Joust at Westminster by David Munrow
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Henry's Loneliness nos. 1 and 2". 
8. Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Henry's Loneliness no 2 by David Munrow
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "The Joust at Westminster"
and "Henry's Loneliness no 1". 
9. Henry VIII and his Six Wives: The King's Hunt by David Munrow
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10. Het derde musyck boexken...alderhande danserye: La Morisque by Tylman Susato
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1551; Antwerp, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Munrow 
11. Quart livre de danceries: Galliard by Anonymous
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1550; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Munrow
This selection appears twice on this recording. 
12. Pastorella by Anonymous
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Munrow 
13. Kyng Harry the 8th Pavan and Galliard by Anonymous
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Regal)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Christopher Hogwood 
14. Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Wedding Music for Anne of Cleves by David Munrow
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
15. My Lady Wynkfyld's Rownde by Anonymous
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
16. Me Lady Careys Dompe by Anonymous
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Munrow 
17. Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Ethiop Masque by David Munrow
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
18. Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Catherine Howard's Interrogation by David Munrow
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
19. Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Duet for Lutes by David Munrow
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
20. Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Closing Music by David Munrow
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
21. Greensleeves to a Ground by Anonymous
Performer:  George Malcolm (Harpsichord), Oliver Brookes (Viola da gamba), David Munrow (Recorder)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1976 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
22. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Sir John Souch his Galiard by John Dowland
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1976 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
23. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: The Earl of Essex Galiard by John Dowland
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1976 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
24. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae antiquae by John Dowland
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1976 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
25. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: The King of Denmarks Galiard by John Dowland
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1976 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
26. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Mrs Nichols Almand by John Dowland
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1976 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
27. Pavans, Galliards, Almaines (65): The Fairie-round by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
Date of Recording: 1973-74 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
28. Variations on the Romanesca by Anonymous
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1570 
Date of Recording: 1973-74 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
29. Orlando sleepeth, P 61 by John Dowland
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1973-74 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
30. Fantasia a 4 in A minor by William Byrd
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1973-74 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Thurston Dart (superius reconstruction) 
31. Musicke of Sundrie Kindes, Pt 2: Forget me not by Thomas Ford
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1607; England 
Date of Recording: 1973-74 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
32. Pastyme with good companye by King VIII Henry
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Munrow 
33. Oh death, rock me asleep by Traditional
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Harpsichord), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 02/1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 

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