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Remember Me My Deir: Jacobean Songs Of Love And Loss

Fires Of Love
Release Date: 02/11/2014 
Label:  Delphian   Catalog #: 34129   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalAnonymousFrancis PilkingtonJohn Johnson,   ... 
Performer:  Frances CooperJonathan Hugh-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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REMEMBER ME MY DEIR Fires of Love DELPHIAN 34129 (62:02 Text and Translation)


Works by: ANONYMOUS, PILKINGTON, JOHNSON, ROSSETER, BLACKHALL, CAMPION


Fires of Love is a Scottish quartet of performers that focuses its efforts on the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Its musicians supply two vocalists—soprano and baritone—a recorder, lute, guitar, and Read more percussion. This, their third disc, presents the more intimate side of musical performance in late 16th- and early 17th-century Scotland and England. It was a period of great turmoil in the former, where a succession of policies towards politics, religion, and religious reform under numerous monarchs, regents, and local ecclesiastical and secular powers guaranteed something to offend everybody in the nation. Eventually, the triumph of a Calvinist-flavored Scottish Reformation meant all music save psalm-making retreated to private estates in secret; while at the same time, less austere Anglican social policies under Elizabeth I led to a compositional and publishing boom in music of all kinds.


What we have on this release, then, is a mix of popular songs and dances of the period, some extremely well known in England—such as a version of Sellinger’s Round , Rosseter’s When Laura smiles , and Pilkington’s haunting Rest, sweet nymphs —and a range of local, anonymous Scottish tunes, gathered in family manuscripts that still survive. In the latter case, a few of the intabulations would seem to cry out for variations through divisions they don’t receive here; especially Grein greus ye rasses , which lasts on this album under half a minute. More elaboration would have been welcome from Gordon Ferries, whose sensitive touch and flexible phrasing is an invariable joy. The English songs, on the other hand, are usually more elaborate, featuring multiple verses or interspersing orchestral treatments among vocal ones.


Stylistically, the four musicians are excellent. However, I find featured soprano Frances Cooper’s upper range very thin, and the tone slightly tremulous on some notes. Enunciation of the text is only moderate, though she varies dynamics well, especially in her lower range, which is warm and clear. The engineering unfortunately utilizes the Early Music Sound, which assumes everything, including lively theatrical songs and intimate lute pieces, was meant to be performed in a moderately cavernous church. (It was in fact recorded in St. Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh.) I hope musicians of this quality can be urged to come into a cozier, somewhat drier aural environment in the future, more suited to the warmed wine and crackling fire that presumably accompanied this kind of music-making into the cool, clear night. Recommended.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1. And Will He Not Come Again?, folk song by Traditional
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2. Canaries by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Scotland 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3. A Scots Tune (The Rowallan Lute Book) by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Written: circa 1620 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4. Rest, sweet nymphs, for voice & lute by Francis Pilkington
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5. Tomorrow is St. Valentine's Day (Shakespeare Song) by Anonymous
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6. Grein Greus Ye Rasses by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 0 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7. Go from My Window, folk song by Traditional
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1600 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
8. Gypsies Lilt by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Scotland 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
9. O Sweet Oliver by Anonymous
Performer:  Jonathan Hugh-Jones ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
10. In throu the windoes of myn ees by Anonymous
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Scotland 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11. A Port (Rowallan Lute Book) by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
12. Remember me my deir (Robert Edwards' Commonplace Book) by Anonymous
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
13. The Queenes treble, for voice & lute by John Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
14. When Laura smiles by Philip Rosseter
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
15. A Scots Tune, for lute by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
16. Adeu, O Desie of Delyt by Andrew Blackhall
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
17. How Should I Your True Love Know?, folk song by Traditional
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
18. Bonnie sweet Robin by Anonymous
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
19. Ane Scottis Dance, for lute (from the Rowallen Lute Book, 1620) by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
20. Cypress curtain of the night by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
21. I long for thy virginitie, for lute by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
22. What Mightie Motion by Anonymous
Performer:  Frances Cooper ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
23. The Scottish Huntsupe (Jane Pickering Lute Book) by Jane Pickering Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Written: Scotland 
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
24. Pavane & gagliarda: La traditora by Lute Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
Venue:  St. Margaret's Chapel, The Gillis Centre 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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