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The Singing Club - Ravenscroft, Lawes, Purcell / Hilliard


Release Date: 09/13/2005 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951153   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Thomas RavenscroftJohn I HiltonWilliam LawesJohn Wilson,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's good to have this gem from the old Hilliard Ensemble (originally issued in 1985) back in the catalog at budget price. The program--and the characterful, spirited singing by the infectiously convivial Hilliards--celebrates the lively, very often bawdy and occasionally melancholy songs performed in England's coffee-houses, taverns, and pubs by both casual and more formally organized groups of singers, back in the old, old days when England was merry and people actually thought it was fun to sit around and sing. These "singing clubs", active in various forms primarily during the 17th-19th centuries, often enjoyed contributions from some of the finest contemporary composers, and although the "poetic" content of the Read more songs may not always have been the most sophisticated or polite, the music, in the style of rounds, partsongs, and rousing choruses, is invariably catchy and well-crafted.


Of course, the Hilliard Ensemble does this repertoire more than fair justice, not only with its impeccable harmonizing and dead-on intonation (Barnby's "Sweet and low" is exquisite), but also with its appropriately fun-loving style. Texts are provided--English-only this time, and in larger type!--but the notes still erroneously cite "The Anacreontick Song" as the source for "Stars and stripes" rather than for "The Star-Spangled Banner".
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A round of three country dances in one by Thomas Ravenscroft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
2.
There were three ravens by Thomas Ravenscroft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
3.
Call George again, boys by John I Hilton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
Drink tonight of the moonshine bright by William Lawes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
5.
She weepeth sore in the night by William Lawes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1648; England 
6.
Dainty fine aniseed water by William Lawes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
7.
Where the bee sucks, there suck I by John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
8.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may by William Lawes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
9.
Tis women makes us love, Z 281 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1685; England 
10.
Sir Walter enjoying his damsel, Z 273 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
11.
Inigo Jones by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
12.
Epitaph by Jonathan Battishill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
13.
The Singing Club by Thomas Augustine Arne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
14.
Foresters sound the cheerful horn by Henry Bishop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
15.
To soften care by Thomas Augustine Arne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
16.
To Anacreon in Heaven by John Stafford Smith
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1779; London, England 
17.
Elegy on the death of Mr. Shenstone by Thomas Augustine Arne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
18.
Much Ado about Nothing: Sigh no more, ladies by Thomas Augustine Arne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1748; London, England 
19.
There is a paradise on earth by Robert Lucas Pearsall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: London, England 
20.
O who will o'er the downs so free by Robert Lucas Pearsall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: London, England 
21.
Sweet and Low by Joseph Barnby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; England 

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