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The Elfin Knight / Joel Frederiksen, Et Al

Ensemble Phoenix Munich / Frederiksen
Release Date: 09/11/2007 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 901983   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalAnonymousJohn DowlandThomas Ravenscroft,   ... 
Performer:  Joel FrederiksenTimothy Leigh EvansSven SchwannbergerDomen Marincic,   ... 
Conductor:  Joel Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Phoenix Munich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Fans of English Renaissance song, specifically the ballad, will find in this new release from Joel Frederiksen and his Ensemble Phoenix Munich 78 minutes of pure pleasure. In fact, based on the enchanting affect of the singing, the expert and engaging arrangements, the well-chosen repertoire, and the engineering that perfectly captures the mood and character of voices and instruments, this CD goes directly to my list of "outstanding discs of the year". It's unusual to hear a bass voice in this repertoire--which includes many familiar as well as lesser-known songs--but Frederiksen's warm, resonant timbre, like the lower register of a large-sized viola--is absolutely perfect: soothing and
Read more mesmerizing, beguiling, sensuous, an instrument fully mastered and employed with both the naturalness and rare skill of a great storyteller.

Frederiksen's take on well-known songs such as "Greensleeves", "Whittingham Faire" (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme), "Watkin's Ale", and "Barbara Ellen" is uniquely fresh and thoughtful, and, except for the latter song, invariably lively, conveyed with consistently compelling singing and richly colored instrumental accompaniments--which may be only Frederiksen and his lute or a mix of gamba, theorbo, flute, and/or percussion.

Some songs are performed by tenor Timothy Leigh Evans, whose pleasingly bright, clear tone is an ideal complement to, indeed a tenor version of Frederiksen's bass. Other selections call on the entire ensemble (which may include countertenor Sven Schwannberger, who also plays flute, theorbo, and lute), which makes its greatest effect in selections such as "Lord Darnley" and especially in Thomas Ravenscroft's "Yonder comes a courteous Knight". I wasn't sure what to expect when I began listening to this recording, but within five minutes I was a committed fan. Several of the tracks--indeed, perhaps the entire program--easily could have a life far outside the immediate audience of classical vocal music listeners, simply because these performers not only know how to sing and play, but they know how to tell a story, and who doesn't love that?

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

1.
Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Joel Frederiksen (Bass), Joel Frederiksen (Lute)
Conductor:  Joel Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Phoenix Munich
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
2.
Barbara Ellen by Traditional
Performer:  Joel Frederiksen (Bass), Joel Frederiksen (Lute)
Conductor:  Joel Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Phoenix Munich
Period: Renaissance 
3.
Watkins Ale by Traditional
Performer:  Joel Frederiksen (Bass), Joel Frederiksen (Lute)
Conductor:  Joel Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Phoenix Munich
4.
Whittingham Fair, folk song ("The Elfin Knight") by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Phoenix Munich
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Walsingham by Anonymous
Performer:  Timothy Leigh Evans (), Sven Schwannberger (Lute), Joel Frederiksen (Lute),
Joel Frederiksen ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Go from My Window, folk song by Traditional
Performer:  Joel Frederiksen (Lute), Joel Frederiksen (), Domen Marincic (),
Sven Schwannberger (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1600 
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
7.
Go from my window, P 64 by John Dowland
Performer:  Domen Marincic (), Joel Frederiksen (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
8.
Lord Darly, song by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Phoenix Munich
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9.
Fortune My Foe by Traditional
Performer:  Domen Marincic (), Sven Schwannberger (Recorder), Joel Frederiksen (Lute),
Joel Frederiksen ()
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
10.
My Lord Willobes Wellcome Home, P 66 by John Dowland
Performer:  Joel Frederiksen (Lute), Sven Schwannberger (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
11.
Farewell, Adieu, that Courtly Life, song by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Phoenix Munich
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
12.
Brave Lord Willoughby, song by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Phoenix Munich
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
13.
Yonder comes a courteous knight by Thomas Ravenscroft
Performer:  Sven Schwannberger (Lute), Domen Marincic (), Joel Frederiksen (),
Joel Frederiksen (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
14.
Secretum musarum, book 2: Bouree d'Avignon by Nicolas Vallet
Performer:  Sven Schwannberger (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1616; Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 0 Minutes 30 Secs. 
15.
Willie O'Winsbury, ballad by Anonymous
Performer:  Helmut Weigl (Theorbo), Sven Schwannberger (Theorbo), Joel Frederiksen (Lute)
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
16.
Gigue, for lute (from the Rowallen Lute Book, 1620) by Anonymous
Performer:  Joel Frederiksen (Lute)
Written: by 1620 
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
17.
The Lovers' Tasks (The Elfin Knight), traditional song by Anonymous
Performer:  Timothy Leigh Evans ()
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
18.
Farewell, Lovely Nancy, song by Anonymous
Performer:  Joel Frederiksen (), Joel Frederiksen (Lute)
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
19.
London's Lotterie, song by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Phoenix Munich
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
20.
Corne yairds, for lute (from the Rowallen Manuscript) by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Phoenix Munich
Written: by 1609 
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
21.
Ane Scottis Dance, for lute (from the Rowallen Lute Book, 1620) by Anonymous
Performer:  Domen Marincic (), Joel Frederiksen (Lute)
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
22.
London, for voice & lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Domen Marincic (), Joel Frederiksen (), Joel Frederiksen (Lute)
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
23.
Scarborough Fair by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Frederiksen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Phoenix Munich
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 11/2006 
Venue:  Malteserstift St. Josef, Starnberg-Perch 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Whittingham Faire (The Elfin Knight)
Walsingham
Greensleeves
Go from my window
Go from my window
Lord Darly
Fortune, my foe
My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home
Farewell, adieu that courtly life
Brave Lord Willoughby
Yonder comes a courteous Knight
La bouree
Willie O' Winsbury
Gigue
The Lovers' Tasks (The Elfin Knight)
Farewell, lovely Nancy
Watkin's Ale
London's Lotterie
Barbara Ellen
Untitled and Corne yairds
Ane Scottis Dance
London
Scarborough Faire (The Elfin Knight)

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