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Nymphidia / Pantagruel

Dowland / Playford / Bennet / Pantagruel
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Carpe Diem   Catalog #: 16282   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John BennetMichael DraytonThomas RavenscroftJohn Playford,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pantagruel, founded in Essen, Germany, in 2002, is made up of three early music specialists who also have backgrounds in popular music, jazz, dance, and theater and they bring the sensibilities of those influences to their vital and hugely entertaining performances, which they describe as "semi-staged." Even in an audio recording, it's easy to hear the extent to which their singing and playing are enlivened by their commitment to finding the dramatic impulse inherent in all these pieces. Their musicianship is impeccable, too, and makes the CD a joy to listen to. The works consist of Renaissance English songs, ballads, and instrumental pieces. Danish soprano Anna Maria Wierød has a subtle accent that effortlessly and Read more believably conveys the distance the English language has come in 400 years; it's recognizable, but with an archaic, almost Chaucerian strangeness. Her voice is full and warm, capable of being piercing in its intense purity, and she deploys it with winning, unmannered charm. Dominik Schneider also sings, as well as playing a variety of flutes and gitterns, and Mark Wheeler plays lutes, citterns, and bandora. It would be inaccurate to say that they accompany Wierød because the three are such balanced partners in most of these pieces. They bring a thoroughly researched understanding to the music, but perform it with the rowdy spontaneity it calls for, a combination of skills that hasn't always been common in early music groups. The spirit of "Do what thou wilt," the motto of Rabelais' 1532 novel Gargantua and Pantagruel, is evident in the vivid liveliness of their performances. The sound is clean, natural, and nicely ambient. Highly recommended for fans of early music that has its roots in folk traditions, but even more so for anyone who has been scared off by the thought that historically informed treatment of this repertoire means dryly academic performances.

-- Stephen Eddins, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Elves' Dance by John Bennet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2. Nymphidia, song by Michael Drayton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3. Yonder comes a courteous knight by Thomas Ravenscroft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4. The English Dancing Master: Scotch Cap by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5. The Sorrowful Complaint of Susan Higges, song by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6. Quadro pavan(s) by John Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7. Quadro Galliard, for recorder consort by John Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8. Ah, alas you salt sea gods by Richard Farrant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9. Prince's Masque by Robert Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
10. Full Fathom Five by Robert Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1611; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11. Howell's Delight, for consort by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
12. Where the Bee Sucks, for voice & lute by Robert Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1660; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
13. Grimstock by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Written: 16th Cent 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 35 Secs. 
14. The New Hunt's Up, for ensemble by Thomas Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
15. Jig for ensemble ("A Jig") by Thomas Ascue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 0 Minutes 26 Secs. 
16. The Punckes delight by William Corkine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
17. Excuse Me by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
18. Jenny Pluck Pears by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
19. The English Dancing Master: Daphne by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
20. The dark is my delight by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
21. O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs) by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
22. Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
23. I saw my lady weep, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Song) by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pantagruel
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2010 
Venue:  St. Marienkirche, Colnrade, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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