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Nobody's Jig - Mr. Playford's English Dancing Master (W. 2009 Catalog)


Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 909   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John PlayfordJan Jacob Van EyckAnonymousJohn Adson,   ... 
Performer:  Sylvie MoquetPascale BoquetFreddy EichelbergerClaire Michon,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The magic of Les Witches carries the listener through time and space and creates the atmosphere of the theatre stages and taverns of Shakespeare's time: alternating wild devilish dances and contemplative works with a tinge of Elizabethan nostalgia.

This special mid-price reissue includes the complete Alpha Productions 2009 Catalog.

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"The folksy and fantastical tunes of John Playford’s The English Dancing Master (1651) were famous in their day, and they still attract gutsy groups such as the Broadside Band, the City Waits and the Dufay Collective. Les Witches, though, comes from the more sophisticated end of the market – not only in the musicians’ sensitivity to the many styles
Read more reflected in these marvellous melodies, but also in their attention to tuning and balance. None of this means that their performances are dull – far from it. Their versions of ‘Nobody’s Jig’ and ‘Wallom Green’ would be perfectly at home in an Irish ceilidh, and their arrangement of the Scottish dance ‘Hey to the Camp’, provides a magical tapestry of stunning instrumental effects."
Performance: ****
Sound: *****

-- Anthony Pryer, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. The English Dancing Master: No-Body's Jigg by John Playford
Performer:  Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba), Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern),
Claire Michon (Flute), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Odile Edouard (Violin),
Pascale Boquet (Lute), Claire Michon (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2. The English Dancing Master: Mr. Lane's Magot by John Playford
Performer:  Pascale Boquet (Lute), Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Odile Edouard (Violin),
Claire Michon (Recorder), Claire Michon (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3. The English Dancing Master: Cold and Raw (Oyle of Barley) by John Playford
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Pascale Boquet (Lute), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Claire Michon (Flute), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4. The English Dancing Master: Virgin Queen by John Playford
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Recorder), Pascale Boquet (Lute),
Claire Michon (Flute), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1703; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
5. The English Dancing Master: Bobbing Joe by John Playford
Performer:  Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Pascale Boquet (Lute), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Claire Michon (Flute),
Claire Michon (Recorder), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6. Der Fluyten Lust-hof: no 3, Doen Daphne d'over schoone Maeght by Jan Jacob Van Eyck
Performer:  Claire Michon (Flute), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern),
Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba), Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Pascale Boquet (Lute),
Claire Michon (Recorder), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1646; Netherlands 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
7. Paul's Steeple by Anonymous
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Lute), Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Flute),
Claire Michon (Recorder), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8. The English Dancing Master: Prince Rupert's March by John Playford
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Pascale Boquet (Lute),
Claire Michon (Flute), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba), Pascale Boquet (Guitar),
Claire Michon (Recorder), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
9. Der Fluyten Lust-hof: no 79, Prins Robberts Masco by Jan Jacob Van Eyck
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba), Pascale Boquet (Lute),
Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Flute), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Odile Edouard (Violin), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1646; Netherlands 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
10. Shepheards Holyday "Labour in Vaine" by John Playford
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Lute), Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Claire Michon (Flute), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
11. The English Dancing Master: Confesse by John Playford
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba), Pascale Boquet (Guitar),
Pascale Boquet (Lute), Claire Michon (Flute), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Odile Edouard (Violin), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
12. The English Dancing Master: An Italian Rant by John Playford
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Pascale Boquet (Lute), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Flute), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
13. Staines Morris by Anonymous
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Pascale Boquet (Lute),
Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba), Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Claire Michon (Flute), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
14. The English Dancing Master: A health to Betty by John Playford
Performer:  Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Pascale Boquet (Lute), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Claire Michon (Flute),
Claire Michon (Recorder), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
15. Courtly Masquing Ayres (31): no 6 by John Adson
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Pascale Boquet (Lute), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Flute), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Odile Edouard (Violin), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1621; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
16. The English Dancing Master: Drive the Cold Winter Away by John Playford
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Pascale Boquet (Lute), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Flute), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Odile Edouard (Violin), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
17. The English Dancing Master: Beggar boy by John Playford
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Pascale Boquet (Lute), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Flute), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Odile Edouard (Violin), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
18. A Division upon a ground by Anonymous
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Recorder), Pascale Boquet (Lute),
Claire Michon (Flute), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
19. The English Dancing Master: Woodicok by John Playford
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Pascale Boquet (Lute), Claire Michon (Flute),
Claire Michon (Recorder), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
20. The English Dancing Master: Wallom-Green by John Playford
Performer:  Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba), Odile Edouard (Violin), Claire Michon (Flute),
Claire Michon (Recorder), Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord),
Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Pascale Boquet (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
21. Der Fluyten Lust-hof: no 21, Bravade by Jan Jacob Van Eyck
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Odile Edouard (Violin), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Pascale Boquet (Lute), Claire Michon (Flute), Pascale Boquet (Guitar),
Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1646; Netherlands 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
22. The English Dancing Master: Argeres, or the Wedding Night by John Playford
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba), Pascale Boquet (Guitar),
Pascale Boquet (Lute), Claire Michon (Flute), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Odile Edouard (Violin), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
23. Unnamed piece by John Dowland
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba), Pascale Boquet (Guitar),
Pascale Boquet (Lute), Claire Michon (Recorder), Claire Michon (Flute),
Odile Edouard (Violin), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
24. The English Dancing Master: Hay to the Camp by John Playford
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Lute), Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Claire Michon (Flute), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
25. Scottish Dance by William Brade
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Pascale Boquet (Lute),
Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba), Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Recorder),
Claire Michon (Flute), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
26. The Rights of Man by Traditional
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord), Freddy Eichelberger (Cittern), Sylvie Moquet (Viola da gamba),
Pascale Boquet (Lute), Pascale Boquet (Guitar), Claire Michon (Flute),
Claire Michon (Recorder), Odile Edouard (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Saint Rémi Church, Sérigny, Poitou-Chare 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
27. Van Soldt Manuscript: no 19, Pavane dan Vers by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Drive the Cold Winter Away /: The Beggar Boy
(from Playford's The English Dancing Master)
Pavane dans Vers: (from the Manuscript of Susanne van Soldt)

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