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Campion: English Ayres / Chance, North, Et Al


Release Date: 02/27/2001 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 105   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael ChanceNigel NorthMark PadmoreRachel Elliott,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The English AyreConcordia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Taking their cue from poet/composer Thomas Campion's own avowed devotion to simplicity in his music, the performers on this delightful song recital strive for clarity of vocal delivery, uncluttered accompaniments, and an overall intimacy that's well-served by the warm yet amply resonant acoustic. Most of the 25 selections are for solo voice, but a few involve all three of the singers who together form the ensemble The English Ayre, a group organized by lutenist Nigel North and "devoted exclusively to English Song of the 17th century." (How specialized we've become!) These first rate singers (along with North and "guest" Michael Chance) are joined by another specialty group, Concordia, which exists "to explore music Read more involving viols of all shapes and sizes." The various vocal and instrumental combinations work well together, especially those that feature North's gently pointed, perfectly phrased lute accompaniments. Nevertheless, one of the disc's highlights is the final track, where countertenor Michael Chance is joined by the viol consort for a very moving rendition of the classic "Never weather-beaten sail."

The program includes many of Campion's best-known songs, notably "Fire, fire", "There is a garden in her face", "The Cypress curtain of the night is spread", and the abovementioned "Never weather-beaten sail". But we also get such interestingly titled fare as "Break now my heart and die", "Turn back you wanton flyer", and "Beauty is but a painted hell". All four singers are ideal for this music and each is given a chance to shine. Another recently issued disc of Campion songs on Hyperion, with countertenor Robin Blaze and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny (occasionally joined by theorbo and viols), features many of these same songs. It's an equally compelling, expertly made recording that although slightly different in interpretive nuance makes an ideal companion to this program--and offers intriguing comparisons.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Come chearful day, part of my life to mee by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Nigel North (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The English Ayre
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Language: English 
2.
Second Booke of Ayres, 'Light Conceits of Lovers': The peacefull westerne winde by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia,  The English Ayre
Written: pub 1613 
Language: English 
3.
Turne backe you wanton flier by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; England 
Language: English 
4.
It fell on a sommers daie by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; England 
Language: English 
5.
When to her lute Corrina sings by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; England 
Language: English 
6.
Third Booke of Ayres: Breake now my heart and dye by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute), Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Written: pub 1617 
Language: English 
7.
My love hath vowed hee will forsake mee by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute), Rachel Elliott (Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; England 
Language: English 
8.
(21) Ayres: I care not for these ladies by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
Written: pub 1601 
Language: English 
9.
Shall I come sweet love to thee? by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; England 
Language: English 
10.
Fire, fire, fire, fire loe here I burne by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; England 
Language: English 
11.
All lookes be pale, harts cold as stone by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Language: English 
12.
Jacke and Jone they thinke no ill by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia,  The English Ayre
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Language: English 
13.
There is a garden in her face by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; England 
Language: English 
14.
Faine would I wed a faire yong man, that day and night could please mee by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Rachel Elliott (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; England 
Language: English 
15.
Sweet exclude me not nor be divided by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Language: English 
16.
Could my heart have more tongues employ by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; England 
Language: English 
17.
Kinde are her answers by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; England 
Language: English 
18.
A secret love or two, I must confesse by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Rachel Elliott (Soprano), Nigel North (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Language: English 
19.
Beauty is but a painted hell by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; England 
Language: English 
20.
Oft have I sigh'd for him that heares me not by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Rachel Elliott (Soprano), Nigel North (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; England 
Language: English 
21.
I must complain, yet doe enjoy my love by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Mark Padmore (Tenor), Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; England 
Language: English 
22.
Leave prolonging thy distresse by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Peter Harvey (Baritone), Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617; England 
Language: English 
23.
The sypres curten of the night is spread by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; England 
Language: English 
24.
Author of light, revive my dying spright by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The English Ayre
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Language: English 
25.
Never weather-beaten saile more willing bent to shore by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Language: English 

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