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English Madrigals - Sing We At Pleasure / Pro Cantione Antiqua


Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1039   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John WilbyeThomas WeelkesThomas GreavesJohn Farmer,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is everything you would expect to find on a very good 1970s-era recording of English madrigals. First, the music--you could call this program of 22 pieces a "greatest hits" of madrigal repertoire (with a few rarer selections added); then the singers--a small, select, very earnest group of some of England's finest; and finally, the sound--close, yet in this excellent remastering by Mark Brown fairly vibrant and clear if a bit on the bright side. There is nothing here to criticize; your level of enjoyment will largely be determined by your taste for a particular singing style and ensemble sound. Here is an ensemble that's technically very tight and polished but in which the individual voices effectively operate as soloists, Read more their very distinct timbres emphasized by the one-to-a-part format. The result, also owing to the close perspective and a generally emphatic singing style, is a very prominent soprano (three different ones are used) that can wear a little hard on the ear after awhile. Nevertheless, this is really fine singing, energetic, clearly articulated, and conveying an obvious enthusiasm for the music. I would have liked a more carefully blended ensemble and perhaps even more contrast in mood between the livelier, happier pieces and the more melancholy ones. But again, that's a personal thing that takes nothing away from a strong recommendation for this reissue from 1979, which many fans of this group and its revered director will heartily welcome.

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

1.
Flora gave mee fairest flowers by John Wilbye
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1598; England 
2.
O Care, thou wilt despatch me by Thomas Weelkes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
3.
Come away, sweet love by Thomas Greaves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1604; England 
4.
Draw on sweet night by John Wilbye
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1609; England 
5.
The First Set of English Madrigals: Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone by John Farmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
6.
Psalmes, Sonets and Songs: Lullaby, my sweet little baby by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1588; England 
7.
Songs of 3-6 parts: O yes, has any found a lad? by Thomas Tomkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1622; England 
8.
Construe my meaning by Giles Farnaby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1598; England 
9.
Adew, sweet Amarillis by John Wilbye
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1598; England 
10.
Now is the month of maying by Thomas Morley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
11.
First Set of Madrigals and Mottets: The silver swanne by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
12.
See what a maze of error by George Kirbye
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
13.
Songs of 3-6 parts: Too much I once lamented by Thomas Tomkins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1622; England 
14.
Weepe, mine eyes by John Wilbye
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; England 
15.
Sing wee and chaunt it by Thomas Morley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
16.
First Set of Madrigals and Mottets: What is our life? by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1612; England 
17.
Sing we at pleasure by Thomas Weelkes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1598; England 
18.
Out of the vale by John Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
19.
Weep, o mine eyes by John Bennet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
20.
The Fourth Set of Bookes: Quicke, quicke, away dispatch by Michael East
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1618; England 
21.
Those sweet delightful lilies by Thomas Bateson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Dublin, Ireland 
22.
Sweet hony sucking bees by John Wilbye
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Cantione Antiqua
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1609; England 

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