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Mascharada - Music at the Court of Ernst III / King's Noyse


Release Date: 08/10/1996 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907165   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Thomas SimpsonWilliam BradeNicolaus BleyerJohann Grabbe,   ... 
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Quite how far the influence of the grand seventeenth-century English consort tradition extended beyond native shores is hard to estimate. What we do know from continental libraries and notable contemporary publications is that the music of emigres such as William Brade and Thomas Simpson (one might also add William Young and Henry Butler as later representatives of this travelling cohort) was well-known and respected in North European courts. Whilst several Englishmen of previous generations can be counted as religious refugees, Brade and Simpson seem to have been little more than canny opportunists who knew how well buttered their Brot could be in courts such as Biickeburg near Hanover. This new offering of music from that very court Read more celebrates the cultivated patronage of Ernst III and in particular the special appeal of these Anglo-German pieces. The constitution of these published dance sets, such as the distinctive anthology Taffel-Consort assembled by Simpson in 1621, still rely heavily on Pavans and Galhards in the traditional English vein; many such examples are transcriptions of Dowland whose fame was still undiminished at this time. Others hint at a more integrated sense of a dance 'set', often including established masque tunes, whilst the ever-burgeoning Italian style and rise of the violin undoubtedly plays its part in new vigorous idioms and scorings.

The King's Noyse under their director, David Douglass, are an accomplished American consort renowned for interesting programmes. A good deal of this music comes from the theatre, or once removed, from the Jacobean Masque; William Brade takes the lion's share here and his energetic rhythmic style is executed with great precision. The Galliard XIV is a case in point, though this also benefits from some delicately articulated textural exchanges. The more profound moments in this repertoire are, by and large, to be heard in the noble strains of the tripartite Pavan (or Paduana in its fashionable guise) and this is where the contrapuntal craft of the homeland is most evident.

-- Gramophone [11/1996]

Note: This ArkivMusic reissue does not include the original 40 page booklet.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Male Content by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Paduan by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1617; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 6 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Canzon by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1617; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Pilligrienen Dance by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Satyrn Dance by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6.
Mascarada by Nicolaus Bleyer
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1628; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7.
Ahi! Misera mia vita by Johann Grabbe
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
8.
Dances: no 9, Paduana and Galliard by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1609 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
9.
Erste Mascharada der Pfalzgraffen by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This work was based on music by Robert Johnson (ii). 
10.
Masque Dance of Count Palatine no 2 by Robert Johnson
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William Brade 
11.
Canzon no 16 by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
12.
Dances: no 12, Paduana and Galliard by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
13.
Mascharada der Edel Frawen by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
14.
Dances: no 11, Paduana and Galliard by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1609 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
15.
Dances: no 14, Canzon and Galliard by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
16.
Masque of Oberon: Satyrs' Dance by Robert Johnson
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1621; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Thomas Simpson 
17.
Mrs Nichols Almand, P 52 by John Dowland
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Thomas Simpson 
18.
Volta by John Dowland
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Thomas Simpson
This selection shares a track and timing with the volta by Thomas Simpson. 
19.
Volta by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with the volta by John Dowland (arranged by Thomas Simpson). 
20.
Paduan no 18 by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
21.
Allemande by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
22.
Canzon à 4 by Johann Grabbe
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1621 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
23.
Courantes I and II by Johann Grabbe
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
24.
Masque Dance of Count Palatine no 3 by Robert Johnson
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: William Brade 
25.
Paduan no 2 by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Galliard No. 9 and Allemande No. 2. 
26.
Galliarde no 9 by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Paduan No. 2 and Allemande No. 2. 
27.
Allemande no 2 by William Brade
Conductor:  David Douglass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Paduan No. 2 and Galliard No. 2. 

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