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The Baltimore Consort - Live In Concert


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 90801   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalAnonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's a recording by the acclaimed early-music ensemble The Baltimore Consort compiled from concerts given in Charleston, South Carolina at the Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series in the summer of 2007. Fans of the group and its many recordings will recognize several of the selections (including "The gowans are gay" and "On the banks of Helicon"), but will also be impressed--and not a little enthralled--by soprano Danielle Svonavec, whose voice at once reminds you of former Consort member Custer LaRue but who also leaves you delighted with her own, different vocal beauty and her equally artful technique. Her unaccompanied rendition of the Scottish ballad Lord Ronald provides six of the most delightful minutes on the Read more disc. (She brilliantly filled in for LaRue at the last minute on a concert tour a few years ago, and it's a pleasant surprise to hear her again.) Of course we also hear the expected infectious, virtuoso instrumental playing by regulars Mary Anne Ballard (viols, rebec), Mark Cudek (cittern, Renaissance guitar, bass viol, rebec), Larry Lipkis (bass viol, recorder), and Ronn McFarlane (lute)--and also flute/fife/recorder genius Mindy Rosenfeld, who returned to the Consort after 17 years.

The production/sound quality is generally very fine, especially given the concert circumstances, but we do get stage noise and audience applause, which some listeners will find slightly distracting. Also, the packaging is a bit sloppy (seemingly a consequence of the label's new ownership--there are typos and no track numbers provided next to the 22 song listings!) and irritatingly cheap--the company stopped printing CD inserts to "reduce the environmental impact" of its packaging. The problem is, program notes are an important part of a classical CD production, and if you can only find them online (and in this case, very sketchy even there), it will frustrate anyone who isn't just sitting next to an internet-connected computer when and where they listen. I've always loved the Baltimore Consort, for its first-class, unsurpassed performances (its concerts are among the more entertaining you'll ever hear) and yes, for its always classy, informative, user-friendly CD packaging. Let's hope those now in charge of Dorian will rethink the way this outstanding ensemble's recordings are presented. They deserve better.

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

1. The gowans are gay by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
2. Adew Dundee by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
3. Kathren Oggie by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
4. Through the wood, laddie by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
5. Pentland Hills by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
6. The dark is my delight by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
7. The shaking of the sheets by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
8. Saltarello by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
9. Piva by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
10. Galliarde d'escosse by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
11. Laroque Galliarde by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
12. All in a garden green by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
Written: England 
13. John com Kisse me now by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
14. Newcastle by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
15. Lord Rendall by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
16. The Queen's treble by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
17. Green grows the rashes by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
18. Fantasia by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
19. Recercada by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Spain 
20. A lieta vita by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
21. On the banks of the Helicon by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
22. Les buffons by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort

Sound Samples

The gowans are gay
Adew Dundee
Kathren Oggie
Through the Wood, Laddie (arr. W. McGibbon): Through the Wood, Laddie
Caledonian Pocket Companion: Pentland Hills
The dark is my delight
The English Dancing Master: The Shaking of the Sheets
Intabolatura de lauto, Book 4: Saltarello
Intabolatura de lauto, Book 4: Piva
Liber Primus Leviorum Carminum: Galliard d'escosse
Liber Primus Leviorum Carminum: Laroque Galliard
The English Dancing Master: All in a Garden Green
Musick's Delight on the Cithren, Restored and Refined: John come kisse me now
The English Dancing Master: Newcastle
Lord Ronald (Lord Randal)
The Queen's Treble
Green grows the rashes
Fantasia
Trattado de glosas (arr. for chamber ensemble): Trattado de glosas: Recercada primera sobre el passemezzo antico (arr. for chamber ensemble)
Balletti: A lieta vita
On the banks of Helicon
Tiers livre de danseries: Les Bouffons: Les Bouffons

Customer Reviews

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 I Like This Kind Of Music October 1, 2013 By William R. (Katoomba, New South Wales) See All My Reviews "I am singularly unqualified to speak on music. I can't l tell a semiquaver from a crotchet. I like Folk Music, Traditional Music i.e. Ethnic - even eastern. I also like bach, Beethoven, Couperin and all those composers. I also have my dislikes. I don't particularly like Brahms. I don't like modern (atonal exercises in being tremendously clever but without any semblance of melody. I can listen to this kind of music, it is simple and melodic." Report Abuse
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