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Armada - Music From The Courts Of England & Spain / Fretwork


Release Date: 10/10/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 61821   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William ByrdAntonio De CabezónLopez,Miguel de Fuenllana,   ... 
Performer:  Michael ChanceChristopher WilsonPaul NicholsonRichard Boothby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, the consort of viols was a common instrumental ensemble in England. The two forms that dominated English consort music were fantasias, a free flowing form, and works based on chant themes. While there were similar traditions in Spanish music, the Iberian style relied more on improvisation and consequently many of the Spanish tunes were never notated. This two-disc set by the English viol consort, Fretwork, explores music from the courts of Elizabeth I of England and Philip II of Spain. The second disc in the set explores the consort tradition in the late Tudor and early Stuart age.
English consort music reached its zenith during the reign of Elizabeth I, and probably no other composer of the
Read more English school of this era achieved such glorious results as William Byrd. Byrd is well represented on this recording by such marvelous tunes as 'The Carman's Whistle' and 'In Angel's Weed,' but the best of all is countertenor Michael Chance's singing of Byrd's glorious song "Rejoice unto the Lord."
The Spanish music is equally well performed by Fretwork and some guest artists. Harpsichordist Paul Nicholson is most impressive in a haunting work by Hernando de Cabezón called 'Dulce Memoria.' Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Rejoice unto the Lord by William Byrd
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1586; London, England 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Diferencias sobre "La dama le demanda" by Antonio De Cabezón
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3. Fantasia by Lopez,
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: ?1593 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4. Morenica dame by Miguel de Fuenllana
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Christopher Wilson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1554; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
5. Browning a 3 by Elway Bevin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Wales, UK 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6. The Carman's Whistle, MB 36 by William Byrd
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7. Psalmes, Sonets and Songs: Come to me, grief, forever by William Byrd
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1588; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. Fantasia à 5 "Susana un jur" by Hernando de Cabezón
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
9. Fantasia de redobles by Miguel de Fuenllana
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
10. In angel's weed by William Byrd
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. Dulce memoria by Hernando de Cabezón
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12. Diferencias sobre "La Milanesa" by Antonio De Cabezón
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
13. Recercada no 3 by Diego Ortiz
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Lute), Paul Nicholson (Harpsichord), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
14. Fantasia a 4 by Robert White
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
15. Quiento hizo by Esteban Daza
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Christopher Wilson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
16. In Nomine a 5 by Picforth,
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1570; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
17. Almain "The Honiesuckle" by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
18. Fantasia a 5 in C major by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
19. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: M. Bucton his Galiard by John Dowland
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
20. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Captaine Piper his Galiard by John Dowland
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
21. Fantasy a 4 by John Bull
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
22. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae antiquae by John Dowland
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
23. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: M. Nicholas Gryffith his Galiard by John Dowland
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
24. Fantasias (2) à 4 "for the great double bass": Excerpt(s) by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
25. Aires for 2 Division Viols in C major: Pavan of Alfonso by William Lawes
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
26. Aires for 2 Division Viols in C major: Almaine of Alfonso by William Lawes
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
27. My Ladye Nevalls Booke: A Fancie on C by William Byrd
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1591; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
28. Consort Sett a 5 in C major by William Lawes
Performer:  Paul Nicholson (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
29. Trattado de glosas: Recercada secunda "sobre canto llano" by Diego Ortiz
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Lute), Richard Boothby (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1553; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
30. Pandolpho 1 "Pour down, you pow'rs divine" by Robert Parsons
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Forde Abbey, Somerset, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
31. Pavan "Paradizo" by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
32. Galliard no 3 "Fairy Round" by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
33. In Nomine à 5 by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
34. In Nomine à 5 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1986 
Venue:  Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Rejoice unto the Lord
Diferencias sobre 'La Dama le demanda'
Fantasia (Ramillete de Flores Nuevas 1593)
Orphenica lyra: Morenica dame (Vásquez)
Browning a 3
The Carman's Whistle BK36
Come to me, grief, for ever
Recercada segunda 'sobre camto llano'
Susana un jur (Glossada de...)
Orphenica lyra: Fantasia de Redobles
In angel's weed
Dulce memoria (Glossada de...)
Diferencias sobre la Gallarda Milanesa
Recercada tercera sobre canto llano
Pour down, you powr'rs divine (Pandolpho)
Fantasia a 4
Quiente hizo
In Nomine a 5
Almain: The Honiesuckle
Pavan: Paradizo
Coranto: The Fairie-round
Fantasia a 5 'two in one'
M. Bucton his Galiard
Captain Digorie Piper his Galiard
Fantasy a 4
Pavan: "Lachrimae Antiquae"
M.Nicholas Gryffith his Galiard
In Nomine a 5
In Nomine a 5 (VdGS No. 1)
Fantasy a 4 for the 'Great Dooble Base' (VdGS No. 2)
Aires for two division viols in C: Pavan of Alfonso
Aires for two division viols in C: Almaine of Alfonso
My Ladye Nevell's Booke - A Fancie in C
Consort Sett a 5 in C: Fantazy
Consort Sett a 5 in C: Paven
Consort Sett a 5 in C: Almaine

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