For early music choral/vocal fans this disc offers an attractive mixture of both well-known and unfamiliar works from the time of Elizabeth I. There’s Weelkes’ madrigal As Vesta was from Latmos Hill descending, Byrd’s anthem O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth, and Wilbye’s classic Draw on, sweet night, along with a rare but shining gem by Philippe Rogier, Laboravi in gemitu meo, and other worthy selections that include a couple of works for solo lute (“Robin is to the greenwood gonn”; Dowland’s “The Right Honourable the Lady Rich, her galliard”) and another for lute and solo voice—Ferrabosco the younger’s song “So beauty on the waters stood”, very agreeably sung by soprano Alison Hill. The listening perspective is a bit on the close side,Read more but fortunately the voices individually sound well and make a fine ensemble blend, and Jacob Heringman’s lute contributions are very welcome on this primarily a cappella program. A very engaging 50 minutes in a well-sung, thoughtfully conceived recital.
Hard by a cristall fountaineby Thomas Morley Conductor:
Period: Renaissance Written: by 1601; England
Draw on sweet nightby John Wilbye Conductor:
Period: Renaissance Written: 1609; England
As Vesta was, from Latmos hill descending
Hark! Did ye ever hear so sweet a singing?
O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth the Queen
O clap your hands
Variation on Robin is to the greenwood gone
So beautie on the waters stood
Laboravi in gemitu meo
Hence stars, too dim of light
Oft have I vowde
Book of Songs, Book 3: Time stands still
Adue, ye citty prisoning towers
Yee that doe live in pleasures
Dowland's Bells, P. 43a, "The Lady Rich's Galliard"
Hard by a cristall fountaine
Draw on sweet night
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amazingMay 10, 2013By kalliopi l. (tulsa, OK)See All My Reviews"I always will write good things for music of that kind. This cd is very good for the ones who like English music from that period."Report Abuse