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Music For The Courts Of Europe / Philip Jones Brass Ensemble


Release Date: 04/24/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 417524  
Composer:  King VIII HenryGiles FarnabyJohn BullOrlando Gibbons,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Impressive playing throughout - The majestic sound of assembled brass is well suited to the music of Henry VIII, and enhances the solemn and resplendent sounds of Orlando Gibbons.

The majestic sound of assembled brass is well suited to the music of Henry VIII, a monarch of majestic proportions, whose creative example has been followed by few of his successors, as it does also that of Farnaby, Bull and Gibbons, all said to have been ''in the employ of [later] kings and princes''—but, so far as I know, Farnaby enjoyed no such benefit. Such sounds must surely have been in Bull's head when he wrote his hunting piece, though in the absence of the PJBE, or others of like virtuosity that is where they had per force to remain.
Read more The medium enhances no less the In Nomine a 5 of Gibbons, solemn and resplendent. Stephen Dodgson's function might be described as that of 'creative arranger', though he does not describe it quite so simply—Scarlatti Dodgson in fact. Many changes of various kinds are wrought on the three sonatas, some reflecting the change of medium, as for instance in Kk211, where mutandi i detti is replaced with some brisker tongueing, and in Kk230, where the brass-bound equivalent of rapid, hand-to-hand semiquavers is avoided. Despite the adroitness of all concerned, brass is no substitute for the bright cutting edge of the harpsichord—not least in the bass register, and the overall effect is rather like that of a portly vicar, doing his best at the youth club disco. Bach's music escapes intact in spirit, as it does in most adaptations, in both the Brandenburg Concerto and the Suite, made up of movements from the French and English Suites. Playing and recording are impressive throughout.

-- John Duarte, Gramophone [7/1988]
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Works on This Recording

1.
It is to me a ryght gret joy by King VIII Henry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a suite arranged by Elgar Howarth titled "Rose without a Thorn," which incorporates works by King Henry VIII. 
2.
Pastyme with good companye by King VIII Henry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a suite arranged by Elgar Howarth titled "Rose without a Thorn," which incorporates works by King Henry VIII. 
3.
Adieu! Madame, et ma maistresse by King VIII Henry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a suite arranged by Elgar Howarth titled "Rose without a Thorn," which incorporates works by King Henry VIII. 
4.
Tandernaken by King VIII Henry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a suite arranged by Elgar Howarth titled "Rose without a Thorn," which incorporates works by King Henry VIII.  
5.
Departure is my chef payne by King VIII Henry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a suite arranged by Elgar Howarth titled "Rose without a Thorn," which incorporates works by King Henry VIII. 
6.
En vray amoure by King VIII Henry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is part of a suite arranged by Elgar Howarth titled "Rose without a Thorn," which incorporates works by King Henry VIII. 
7.
Mal Sims by Giles Farnaby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8.
His dreame by Giles Farnaby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
9.
His humour by Giles Farnaby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
10.
Pavane by John Bull
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
11.
King's Hunt by John Bull
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12.
In Nomine à 5 by Orlando Gibbons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E minor, K 394/L 275 by Domenico Scarlatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Stephen Dodgson. 
14.
Sonata for Harpsichord in C minor, K 230/L354 by Domenico Scarlatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1752 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Stephen Dodgson. 
15.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 211/L 133 by Domenico Scarlatti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Stephen Dodgson. 
16.
Suite for Brass by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Length: 11 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Christopher Mowat. 
17.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Christopher Mowat. 

Featured Sound Samples

Pastyme with good companye (Henry VIII)
The King's Hunt (Bull)

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