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Mistress Elizabeth Davenant, Her Songes

Ockenden / Eynde
Release Date: 05/10/2011 
Label:  Ramee   Catalog #: 1101   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousRobert JohnsonThomas CampionJohn Wilson,   ... 
Performer:  Sofie Vanden EyndeRebecca Ockenden
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

World Premiere Recording This fascinating collection represents in a fittingly symbolic manner a cusp, a fulcrum in several different ways. It is to do with the emancipation of feminine creative energy, and also to do with a dynamic shift in society during the turbulent seventeenth century - and, vitally, to do with creativity in the sphere of poetry, music and performance. The steady emancipation of women was led from noble families, indeed led from royalty itself - for The Virgin Queen Bess paved the way, and in style. Elizabeth Davenant, Oxford-based and flourishing in the mercurial 1620s, came of a most interesting family of merchant-class origins. Her father, John Davenant, rose to become not only chief vintner, but also Mayor of Read more Oxford. Elizabeth's brother was later to become the most famous family member as Sir William Davenant, a playwright of considerable reputation Elizabeth Davenant's music manuscript has been compiled in Oxford around 1624. The Royal Court of Charles I had come to move its focus from London - with its plagues and fumes and noise and increasingly intense pressure from the religious - to Oxford, which became the focal point for leading artistic taste. Elizabeth's manuscript foreshadows all of that: what is now an obscure private collection, was then part of the avant-garde. It is an eclectic collection, representing an excellent overview of changing taste in the 1620s. It looks back to the 'golden age' of the lute-song, with works by Thomas Campion, to the generation that followed in songs by Robert Johnson that have a strong theatrical context, and forward to the new generation of Cavalier Poets such as Herrick, and their contemporary composers, John Wilson and Henry Lawes. We cannot know the extent to which Elizabeth Davenant was involved with the choice: was it written by her music tutor, or written to order? However, it is clear that the songs were consciously intended for a talented young lady. Looking at some of the music a little more closely, one finds at times quite extraordinary complex ideas in the poetry, reflected potently in the settings. The high degree of vocal ornamentation of many of the items found in the collection suggests an advanced awareness of vocal performing styles of the 1620s. Indeed it suggests that Elizabeth Davenant was well capable of performing in this virtuoso manner (why otherwise would the scribe have included so much vocal ornamentation?), and it also suggests that the Oxford audience to whom she performed was sufficiently discriminating to appreciate such vocal dexterity. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Hear My Prayer Oh Lord (Psalm 143) by Anonymous
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Woods, Rocks and Mountains, for voice & lute by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
3.
Gallyard for lute (My Lady Mildmay's Delight) by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Almaine for lute (from Lord Herbert of Cherbury's Lute Book) by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Drop golden showers by Anonymous
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Pavan by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7.
If When I Die, song for voice & lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
8.
Cease O Cease This Hum of Grieving, song for voice & lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9.
Music Thou Soul of Heaven, song for voice & lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
10.
I Prithee Leave, Love Me No More, song for voice & lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
11.
Carman's Whistle by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
12.
Sleep, Sleep, Though Grief Torment Thy Body, song for voice & lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
13.
Come, you pretty false-ey'd wanton by Thomas Campion
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1613; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
14.
Whether Away My Sweetest Dearest, song for voice & lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
15.
Have You Seen but a White Lily Grow? for voice & lute by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1616; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
16.
Eyes Gaze No More, song for voice & lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
17.
Shall I Weep or Shall I Sing?, song for voice & lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Rebecca Ockenden (Voice), Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
18.
Galliard by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
19.
Care-Charming Sleep, for high voice & lute by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Rebecca Ockenden (Voice), Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1614 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
20.
My Strength Hath Failed, song for voice & lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
21.
Cloris Sighed, song by Anonymous
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
22.
Go Happy Hart, song for voice & lute by John Wilson
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute), Rebecca Ockenden (Voice)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
23.
The Rose, song by Henry Lawes
Performer:  Rebecca Ockenden (Voice), Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
24.
Pamphilia to Amphilanthus: When nights black mantle by Spoken Word
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
25.
Pamphilia to Amphilanthus: How well poore hart by Spoken Word
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
26.
Pamphilia to Amphilanthus: Good now bee still by Spoken Word
Performer:  Sofie Vanden Eynde (Lute)
Date of Recording: 01/2010 
Venue:  Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Keizerszaal 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 

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