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Alfred Deller Complete Vanguard Recordings - Folk Songs And Ballads / 7-Disc Set


Release Date: 07/22/2008 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 193   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henry PurcellWilliam TurnerAnonymousWilliam Cornysh,   ... 
Performer:  Gerald EnglishEdgar FleetAlfred DellerWilfred Brown,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller ConsortAmbrosian SingersLondon Chamber Players
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alfred Deller’s historic recordings helped to create the current early music environment and marketplace. Vanguard Records’ founder Seymour Solomon, at the recommendation of Gustav Leonhardt, recorded Alfred Deller in the early 1950s. These first recordings were met with instant commercial success and artistic acclaim. The practice of performing in the counter-tenor voice had diminished up to that point and Alfred Deller, more than any other singer, re-established the countertenor voice with his unique artistry. The repertoire for counter-tenor and, through Deller's own Consort, the repertoire for groups of solo voices helped to establish a foothold for Renaissance vocal music in Europe, the United States and in the Far East. As Deller’s Read more remarkable virtuosic talent included a love of folk music, the Vanguard recordings in that genre for counter-tenor and vocal ensemble offer a recorded legacy that transcends the scholarly appreciation of ancient European vocal music.

The first set, Folk Songs and Ballads, combines many of Deller’s most popular solo albums as well as excellent Deller Consort recordings. The 10 original LPs of recorded material have been re-mastered and reconfigured to create 7 CDs. These feature Deller’s vocal personality and virtuosity as in perhaps no other repertoire. Humor, romance and emotion are all showcased in these three minute operas. Deller shows himself more than just an expert in scholarly performance technique; he shows timing and individual interpretive skill that brands him a supreme vocalist, not merely a counter-tenor.

Beyond his focus as a counter-tenor, Alfred Deller was a remarkable pioneer in the early music field as the leader of The Deller Consort. Though the Consort is featured far more significantly in later sets than they are in the Folk Songs and Ballads collection, this set spotlights the unique skills and range of the group. The bawdy and often downright salacious Tavern Songs that lead off this collection show off the male voices; the lush, stunningly lovely Folk Songs Album arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams offers angelic performances by the females. The long out of print “Cries of London” again offers a chance for the Consort to step out of the academic early music world and into the back streets of Elizabethan London.

In the United States and Far East, most of Deller’s recordings have been out of print for more than a decade. Of the 50 LPs released by Vanguard, 20 were not previously included in any local CD release. Although all of the Vanguard Deller material was released on CD at one time or another exclusively for the European market, these titles were only intermittently available and have also been out of print since 2000. From this first set, the LPs “Tavern Songs”, “Tavern Songs, Volume 2”, “Cries of London” and “English Lute Songs” have never been released on CD outside Europe. Some material from “English Lute Songs” was used as material to extend some Deller recital CDs to acceptable CD length, but this is the first complete CD appearance of all of the lute songs.

R E V I E W S:

"Deller, the first modern virtuoso countertenor, is most often cited for his unmatched expressiveness, his ability to hold an audience rapt with his long-breathed phrases and uncanny, subtle shadings of tone and dynamics. And if you're wondering what this is about, just listen to his rendition of Dowland's "If my complaints", a virtual clinic in vocal poetry. Listen carefully, or you'll miss the most finely-wrought, heartfelt utterances ever captured on a recording. The world has not seen the equal of Alfred Deller; even though we have countertenors today with purer, more even and luxurious tone, none of these singers surpasses Deller in sheer, fundamental artistry or an understanding, internalized feeling for the art of song itself."

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

First a non-exhaustive but I think necessary introduction. Vanguard has embarked on an extensive re-issue programme here and plans to reissue the Complete Deller performances on this label in six multi-disc box sets. Needless to say I shall be alerting the powers-that-be at this site to prepare my orders forthwith. For the record they are, aside from this one; the Music of Henry Purcell, Christmas Carols and Motets, Music of Handel and Bach and the English Renaissance, Music of the French and Italian Renaissance and finally English, French and Italian Madrigals. Each box will come with what I assume – from the sole example here – will be a CD ROM with details of track listings and performers as well as reprints of the original liner notes and full texts. The printed booklet has track details and a very brief resume.

And now a few words about the tracks – words which are by no means exhaustive, merely an indication as to how Vanguard has gone about assembling the contents of these ten LPs on their seven CDs. The first CD collates all of the Vanguard ‘Bach Guild’ Catches, glees and other diverse entertainments of merrie England LP and adds items from the Tavern Songs disc, which it splits with volume two; there are three missing items and they will appear in the second box. A bit disappointing but perhaps it couldn’t be helped. In Disc 3 - derived from the LP The Three Ravens - we are missing the two lute solos. And from The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies disc we no longer have a number of items including those by the Taylor Recorder Consort, the Dolmetsch arranged consort pieces, the Fantasia on Polly Oliver and Gathering Peas. On disc 4 we have the Vaughan Williams arrangements and all are here. Western Wind is split between discs six and seven. The Cruel Mother, on disc 6, is intact. The Deller/Dupré performances from Vanguard’s ‘Bach Guild’ of the Elizabethan and Jacobean Music LP releases have been extracted; originally they were coupled with non-Deller consort performances.

A brief conclusion then as to the conundrum of how this has been achieved. I’m most sorry to have lost the Dupré lute solos. One appreciates that Deller was a silent partner but they have for so long now been imprinted on the consciousness of anyone familiar with the original LP or subsequent CD reissue that I would be hard pressed not to be churlish about their omission. Maybe we can have them reinstated at some point? I hope Vanguard will at least think about this.

The Catches disc might not be as well known as some others but you should hear it for the truly filthy Sir Walter as much as for the wistful beauty of An epitaph; ‘Under this stone’. There’s a witty Arne example from the Catches and Glees LP enshrined in this disc as well as a cosy parlour Joseph Barnby Sweet and Low. The Cries of London and Tavern Songs are much better mannered than one would ever expect to find on disc nowadays; if there’s a slight air of Ealing Comedy about it all then let me say that Ealing Comedy is my thing. April Cantelo has a beautiful voice, high and pure, but she’s not quite one’s idea of an oyster or orange seller. The third CD is my own personal favourite containing as it does The Three Ravens and The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies. Some of Deller’s most rapt and beautiful mid-period solo singing is contained here; the breath control, colour, legato, diction, the way he conveys sentiment, sorrow, elation, earthiness and courtly restraint. I can’t begin to enumerate my personal pantheon of greatness, just encourage you to acquaint yourself with them all.

The VW arrangements are coupled with some lute songs on volume 4. I have to say that the arrangement of the lute songs over discs four, five and seven is rather frustrating. Still the Deller Consort certainly enjoys these warm VW arrangements and does them justice. Of perhaps more compelling interest are the lute songs in which Deller’s attention to detail, to the textual nuances and the dictates of rubati lend his performances a sense of malleable expression, of a truly lived experience; nothing metrical about these songs at all. One of the most notable performances is the song Me, me and none but me, which is here in two versions, one solo and one consort. The same imperatives drive the rubati, Deller’s imprint as firmly stamped on his consort performance as on the solo one. Sorrow Stay, from disc 5, is astonishingly stark – the range of attacks, colours and dynamics remarkable. Only very occasionally does one find oneself unsettled. In my case it concerns the excessive ornamenting of Have you seen but a white lilly Grow and the perhaps extreme rubati between verses in Come Again! When set against so much however that’s of marginal importance – and very much a matter of taste.

The discs seem to have transferred from commercial copies not master tapes. There’s residual LP rumble at very high volume but it’s not especially noticeable otherwise. Since some of the extensive Vanguard series has only achieved limited international release Deller admirers will cast envious eyes on these boxes. And, if we’re honest, critics too.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Mock Marriage, Z 605: Man is for the woman made by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
2. Sir Walter enjoying his damsel, Z 273 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
3. To thee and to a maid, Z 283 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1684; England 
4. Fie, nay prithee, John, Z D100 [doubtful; ?by J. Blow] by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
5. Once, twice, thrice, I Julia tried, Z 265 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
6. When the cock begins to crow, Z D172 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
7. Young Anthony by William Turner
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
8. Under this stone lies Gabriel John, Z 286 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1686; England 
9. Amo, amas, I love a lass by Anonymous
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
10. Ah Robyn, gentle Robyn by William Cornysh
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
11. T’was you, Sir by Earl of Mornington
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
12. Bess Black by William Lawes
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
13. Had she not care enough by Jeremy Savile
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
14. I am athirst by Anonymous
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
15. Wine does wonder by John Eccles
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
16. Hoyda, jolly rutterkin by William Cornysh
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
17. An ape, a lion, a fox and an ass, Z 241 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1686; England 
18. Troll the bowl by Anonymous
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
19. Fair and ugly, false and true by John Travers
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
20. We be soldiers three by Anonymous
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
21. Lure, falconers, lure! by John Bennet
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
22. Sing fair Clorinda by Henry Lawes
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
23. In the merry month of May by Benjamin Rogers
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
24. True Englishmen drink a good health, Z 284 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1688; England 
25. L’ape e la serpe by Reginald Spofforth
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Wilfred Brown (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
26. Call George again, boys by John I Hilton
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
27. As t'other day by Luffman Atterbury
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
28. The street intrigue by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
29. Bartholomew Fair by John Blow
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
30. He that will an alehouse keep by Anonymous
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
31. It is not that I love you less "The Self-banish'd" by John Blow
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700; England 
32. Inigo Jones by Anonymous
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
33. Which is the properest day to drink by Thomas Augustine Arne
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
34. Galloping Joan by John Blow
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
35. Sumer is icumen in by Anonymous
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1240; England 
36. John Cooper by William Boyce
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
37. The captive lovers by Henry Lawes
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
38. Young Collin, cleaving of a Beam by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
39. If all be true that I do think, Z 255 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688-1689; England 
40. Sweet and Low by Joseph Barnby
Performer:  Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Alfred Deller (Countertenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 
41. These are the Cries of London Town by John Cobb
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Ambrosian Singers,  London Chamber Players
42. New oysters by Thomas Ravenscroft
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  Ambrosian Singers,  London Chamber Players
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
43. The City Cries by Richard Dering
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissaince 
Written: England 
44. Bellman's Song by Thomas Ravenscroft
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
45. New oysters by Thomas Ravenscroft
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
46. The Painter's Song by Thomas Ravenscroft
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
47. Muffins Ho! by Savage
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
48. The Country Cries by Richard Dering
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1603; England 
49. A Quart a Penny by Anonymous
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
50. I Can Mend Your Tubs and Pails by Anonymous
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
51. Have You Any Work for the Tinker by Edward Nelha
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
52. Brooms for old shoes by Thomas Ravenscroft
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissaince 
Written: England 
53. Cries of London by Thomas Weelkes
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), April Cantelo (Soprano), William Brown (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
54. One a Penny, Two a Penny by Luffman Atterbury
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor),
Owen Grundy (Bass), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
55. She weepeth sore in the night by William Lawes
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Owen Grundy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1648; England 
56. Man's life is but vain by Henry Lawes
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Gerald English (Tenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor),
Owen Grundy (Bass), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
57. Here on his back by Jonathan Battishill
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Edgar Fleet (Tenor), Gerald English (Tenor),
Owen Grundy (Bass), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
58. The three ravens by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
59. The Cuckoo by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: Russia 
60. How should I your true love know by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
61. Sweet nightingale by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
62. I will give my love an apple by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
63. The oak and the ash by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
64. King Henry by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
65. Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
66. Barbara Allen by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
67. Heigh ho, the wind and the rain by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
68. Waly, Waly by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
69. Down in the forest by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
70. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
71. The tailor and the mouse by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
72. Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
73. Wraggle taggle gipsies by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
74. Lord Rendall by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
75. Sweet Jane by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
76. The frog and the mouse by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
77. The seeds of love by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
78. Flowers in the Valley by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
79. Near London town by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
80. Who's going to shoe your pretty little foot? by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
81. Blow away the morning dew by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
82. Searching for lambs by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
83. Sweet England by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
84. Dabbling in the dew by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
85. Strawberry Fair by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
86. Just as the tide was a-flowing by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
87. Folksongs of the Four Seasons: An acre of land by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
88. A Farmer's Son by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
89. English Folksongs (5): no 4, The Lover's Ghost by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
90. John Dory by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1609; St Paul's Cathedral, 
91. Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
92. The Jolly Ploughboy by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
93. English Folksongs (5): no 5, Wassail Song by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
94. Down by the riverside by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: Kusa 
95. Bushes and Briars by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
96. English Folksongs (5): no 3, Just as the Tide was Flowing by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
97. Ca' the Yowes by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Scotland 
98. My boy Willie by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
99. English Folksongs (5): no 2, The Springtime of the Year by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
100. The Painful Plough by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
101. English Folksongs (5): no 1, The Dark-eyed Sailor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
102. The Cuckoo and the Nighingale by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
103. Folksongs from the Eastern Counties (15): Ward the Pirate by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; United Kingdom 
104. Shall I come sweet love to thee? by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; England 
105. Will ye buy a fine dogge? by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
106. Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 5, Me, me and none but me by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
107. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 15, Wilt thou unkind thus reave me of my hart by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
108. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 15, Wilt thou unkind thus reave me of my hart by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
109. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 19, Awake, sweet love by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; England 
110. In darkness let mee dwell by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1610; England 
111. Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 5, Me, me and none but me by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
112. A Pilgrimes Solace: no 9, Goe, nightly cares, the enemy to rest by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
113. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 4, If my complaints could passions move by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
114. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 13, Sleepe wayward thoughts by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597 
115. Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 8, Flow not so fast yee fountaines by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
116. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 17, Come againe, sweet love doth now envite by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
117. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 3, Sorrow sorrow stay, lend true repentant teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
118. A Pilgrimes Solace: no 13, If that a sinner sighes by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
119. Rest, sweet nymphs by Francis Pilkington
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
120. Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 9, What if I never speede by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
121. Care charming sleep by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
122. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 19, Shall I sue, shall I seeke for grace? by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
123. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 12, Fine knacks for ladies by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
124. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 2, Flow, my teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
125. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 5, Can she excuse my wrongs? by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Honor Sheppard (Soprano), Desmond Dupré (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
126. When Cockleshells turn Silver Bells by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
127. An Eriksay love lilt by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
128. Peggy Ramsay by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
129. Bushes and Briars by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
130. Briggs Fair by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
131. The Cruel Mother by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
132. A Sweet Country Life by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
133. The Bitter Withy by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
134. Lang A-Growing by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
135. The Lover's Ghost by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
136. Lovely Joan by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
137. She moved through the fair by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: Ireland 
138. A Brisk Young Lad He Courted Me by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
139. Geordie by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
140. Western Wind by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
141. Early one morning by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
142. All the pretty little horses by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
143. Black is the color of my true love's hair by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
144. Lowlands by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: Scotland 
145. Down by the Salley Gardens by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: Ireland 
146. Bendemeer's Stream by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
147. Have your seen but a white lily grow? by Anonymous
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
148. When Laura smiles by Philip Rosseter
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
149. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 17, Come againe, sweet love doth now envite by John Dowland
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
150. Songs for the Lute, Viol and Voice: No, let chromatic tunes by John Danyel
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1606; England 
151. Annie Laurie by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: Scotland 
152. The miller of Dee by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
153. Cockles and Mussels by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
154. Drink to me only with thine eyes by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
155. The foggy, foggy dew by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
156. Frog went a'courtin by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
157. Turtle dove by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: USA 
158. Pretty Polly "The Demon Lover" by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
159. The Carrion Crow by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
160. The Wife of Usher's Well by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
161. Henry Martin by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: England 
162. Poor wayfarin' stranger by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: USA 
163. Cold blows the wind by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
164. Skye Boat Song by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: Scotland 
165. When the sun goes in by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)
Written: USA 
166. Song of a Wedding by Traditional
Performer:  Alfred Deller (Countertenor), Desmond Dupré (Lute/Guitar)

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