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Fretwork

Biography

Active: 1985 -
One might doubt, upon first hearing the name Fretwork, that the group in question is a serious-minded viol sextet specializing in pre-Classical music from their native Britain; Fretwork might, after all, sound more like the name of a 1980s Euro-rock band. But it is precisely that unpretentious design, that appeal to the not-esoterically-minded masses of listeners who easily tire of textbook approaches to early music performance, that has enabled Read more the men and women of Fretwork to lift themselves into the top rank of the world's performing ensembles -- no small feat for a viol consort.

Fretwork was founded in Britain in 1985 and made its debut at Wigmore Hall the following year. It maintains, as mentioned, a reputation as exponents first and foremost of English music (William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Henry Purcell, William Lawes, et al); but it has also been the catalyst for the composition of several new pieces of music (Tan Dun and George Benjamin being key among the composers represented in this category), thus allowing audiences to hear a kind of hybrid music-making -- old meets new in the most obvious of ways -- that has not very often been tried. The group also edits and publishes music under the label Fretwork Editions. Read less
Bach: Art of the Fugue [CD+Catalog] / Fretwork
Release Date: 06/08/2010   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 2907296   Number of Discs: 1
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Senfl: Im Maien / Charles Daniels, Fretwork
Release Date: 11/09/2004   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907334   Number of Discs: 1
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Birds On Fire - Jewish Music For Viols / Fretwork
Release Date: 05/13/2008   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907478   Number of Discs: 1
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Purcell: The Complete Fantazias / Fretwork
Release Date: 05/12/2009   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907502   Number of Discs: 1
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The Cries Of London / Hillier, Fretwork, Theatre Of Voices
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807214   Number of Discs: 1
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