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Love Is Strange / Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique


Release Date: 11/08/2005 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 81   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anthony HolborneRobert ParsonsThomas RobinsonJohn Bull,   ... 
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This splendid, indeed enchanting collection consists of music arranged for lute consort; well, actually what we have here is an ensemble consisting of four lutes, one ceterone, and a virginal played by the always wonderful Pierre Hantaï. The repertoire contains some items familiar to anyone who enjoys English music for viols. As the notes point out, a great deal of music actually was performed on massed lutes, but very little survives for the simple reason that the musicians would have simply read from existing manuscripts for viols or voices, the ranges of the various instruments being very similar. The sound made by all of these plucked instruments can only be described as "succulent". It is rich, mellow, and voluptuous. Read more Nor is there any lack of textural variety, as numbers of participants vary from item to item. Hantaï's contribution is particularly welcome. He establishes and maintains the rollicking tone of Morley's Galiarda, and his initial entrance in John Johnson's Wakefilde on a green is electrifying.


Johnson is the composer most frequently represented, with four works out of a total of 22. They are all magnificent, particularly Trenchmore, which is one of the longest and most highly developed pieces in the collection. You also may recognize the tune in Johnson's Sellengers Ronnde, later used by Michael Tippett in his charming Divertimento. John Dowland's famous Lachrimae is here, sounding rather less lugubrious than usual when scored for lutes, as well as music by Parsons, Robinson, Holborne, Daniel (the famous Passymeasure Galliard), and Coperario. There's even an early version of Greensleeves, the tune consisting of what we would now consider just the refrain of the complete song.


Under the leadership of Vincent Dumestre the performances are irreproachable, impeccably tuned, and a pleasure from first note to last. The sonics are equally so, though with so many plucked instruments there's an unavoidable level of performance noise and some heavy breathing here and there. All things considered, it's far less than I expected, and not at all bothersome. In all, this is a wonderful disc, even for those who tend to shy away from "early music" collections. [12/6/2005]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pavans, Galliards, Almaines (65): Decrevi by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
2.
Spero by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
3.
Ut re mi fa sol by Robert Parsons
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
4.
Twenty waies by Thomas Robinson
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
5.
Irish toy by John Bull
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
6.
Lachrimae by John Dowland
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
7.
Passymeasures Galliard for 2 Lutes by John Danyel
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
8.
In Nomine no 12 "Crye" by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
9.
Gray's Inn the 1st by John Coprario
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
10.
Straloch Lute Book: Canaries by Anonymous
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1627; Scotland 
11.
Greensleeves by Traditional
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
12.
Sellengers Round by John Johnson
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
13.
A Dump by John Johnson
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 

Sound Samples

Wakefilde on a green
Dorick Prelude
Decrevi
Callinoe
Ut re mi fa sol: la
Twenty Waies upon the Bells: Twenty waies upon the bells
Irish Toy
Sellengers Rounde
Greensleeves
Spero
Dump, "Queen's Treble": Dump
Lachrimae, P. 15: Lachrimae
Passymeasure Galliard
Galliard
A Toy
Trenchmore
In Nomine No. 12, "Crye"
Corn Yairds
A Gray's Inn, the First
Love is Strange
Canaries
Upon la mi re

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