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The Masque Of Oberon / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe


Release Date: 07/15/1997 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 446217   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Augustine BassanoHendrich LübeckhAnonymousEdward Nelham,   ... 
Performer:  Paul AgnewJoseph CornwellSimon DaviesAndrew King,   ... 
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

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We can imagine, in this uplifting and eclectic celebration of dance, the principal masquing revellers led by the 16-year-old Prince Henry and his troupe of Hoorays.

That the 'house musicians' to the Globe Theatre should be such an eminent band of specialists in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century performance is tantalizing in itself to theatre-goers. Of still greater musical significance are the projects which Philip Pickett, Artistic Director of the Musicians of the Globe, has put together for an exciting series of recordings for Philips. "The Masque of Oberon" is an ominous
Read more debut, judging by its spirited instrumental playing and fragrant vocal contributions; this is a skilfully concocted 'reconstruction' (though devising speculative programmes is a growing fashion which can render the 'here-and-now' incidental to historical navelgazing) which is largely the work of Peter Holman, that indefatigable scholar of all things English and early. The Jacobean masque has been written about extensively though attempts to piece together an evening's entertainment are few and far between. The occasion celebrated here is New Year's Day, 1611, where Ben Jonson's Masque of Prince Henries was performed at the Banqueting House. The Prince Henry in question is, of course, James I's eldest son whose young life ended only a year later, attracting a widespread outpouring of grief and a casket of musical elegies from the great and the good.

This Masque is anything but prescient of approaching sadness, rather an excuse for an uplifting and eclectic celebration of dance. We can imagine, in this opulent panegyric, the principal masquing revellers led by the 16-year-old Prince Henry and his troupe of Hoorays. Although we know that Alphonso Ferrabosco II and Robert Johnson - both Court musicians - wrote music for Oberon. most of the music has had to be patiently stitched together from contemporary sources. A curmudgeon would point out that there is no evidence that the majority of songs and dances (and certainly the choruses which Holman has composed 'from scratch') were heard on this particular occasion. Such a view, however, limits the imaginative process of reaching beyond the fragmentary nature of masque sources and rediscovering something of the distinctive features of a celebrated indigenous genre. Through fine performances (Paul Agnew, amongst the soloists, stands out) and a thoroughly satisfying choice of instrumental music for the revels, Pickett and Holman have contributed something especially valuable to English recorded music.

The Musicians of the Globe's second programme. "Shakespeare's Musick", is equally adventurous. Few original song settings survive, as Andrew Pinnock points out in his note, though it is hard to imagine that a good proportion of dance music in 'neutral' sources would not have had theatrical connections. Reconstructing and inventing a repertoire for the new Globe is clearly work in progress, represented here in familiar 'art' songs such as Robert Jones's Farewell, Dear Love (beautifully shaped by Roderick Williams). significant lute repertoire covering the gamut of 'complaints', virginal equivalents, colourfully played by Gary Cooper, and songs closer to the popular vernacular in spirit and tone. Alongside consistently strong solo vocal contributions, this is a sensitively devised programme with artistic merit well beyond its contextual modus operandi, and one which alerts us to the elusive and multi-faceted role of music in and around contemporary Shakespearean theatre. Both these recordings can be strongly recommended.

-- Gramophone [10/1997, reviewing The Masque of Oberon and Shakespeare's Musick, both by William Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Almande by Augustine Bassano
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Peter Holman. 
2.
Sonata for Trumpet Ensemble no 53: Fanfare by Hendrich Lübeckh
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Peter Downey. 
3.
Pavan by Augustine Bassano
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
As at noone Dulcina rested by Anonymous
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
5.
Buzz, quoth the blue fly by Edward Nelham
Performer:  Paul Agnew (Tenor), Joseph Cornwell (Tenor), Simon Davies (Tenor),
Andrew King (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
6.
Melt earth to sea by Peter Holman
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
7.
Pavane by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
8.
Galliard no 3 "Fairy Round" by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
9.
Coranto "As it Fell on Holie Eve" by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
10.
Galliard by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
11.
Almain "The Honiesuckle" by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
12.
Almain "Night Watch" by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
13.
Sonata for 5 Trumpets no 34 "Meister Thomas Fideler" by Magnus Thomsen
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Denmark 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Peter Downey. 
14.
Almande by Hieronymo Bassano
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Peter Holman. 
15.
Almande by Anonymous
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
16.
Now, my cunning lady, Moon by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Paul Agnew (Tenor), Joseph Cornwell (Tenor), Andrew King (Tenor),
Simon Davies (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Peter Holman. 
17.
Masque of Oberon: Satyrs' Dance by Robert Johnson
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1621; England 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Peter Holman. 
18.
Seek you, Majesty, to strike? by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Helen Parker (Soprano), Tom Finucane (Lute), Jacob Heringman (Lute),
Julia Gooding (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: The choruses of this work were composed by Peter Holman. 
19.
Fairies Dance by Robert Johnson
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Peter Holman. 
20.
The solemn rites are well begun by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Performer:  Andrew King (Tenor), Tom Finucane (Lute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Notes: The choruses of this work were composed by Peter Holman. 
21.
The First of the Princes by Robert Johnson
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
22.
Nay, nay, you must not stay by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Performer:  Paul Agnew (Tenor), Jacob Heringman (Lute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
23.
The Second of the Princes by Robert Johnson
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
24.
Not yet o you in this night blest by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Libby Crabtree (Soprano), Helen Groves (Soprano), Tom Finucane (Lute),
Jacob Heringman (Lute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Peter Holman. 
25.
Gentle knights by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Performer:  Jacob Heringman (Lute), Joseph Cornwell (Tenor)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Notes: The chorus of this work was composed by Peter Holman. 
26.
The Third of the Princes by Robert Johnson
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
27.
O yet how early, and before her time by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Performer:  Meredith Hall (Soprano), Jacob Heringman (Lute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Notes: The chorus of this work was composed by Peter Holman. 
28.
Almande by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Peter Holman. 
29.
Princes Masque: Alman no 1 by Robert Johnson
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1611; England 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Peter Holman. 
30.
Princes Masque: Almande no 2 by Robert Johnson
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Peter Holman. 

Featured Sound Samples

Almande (Bassano)
O yet how early, and before her time (Ferrabosco)

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