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Shakespeare's Musick / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe


Release Date: 07/15/1997 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 446687   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalJohn WilsonGiles FarnabyRobert Jones,   ... 
Performer:  Jacob HeringmanRosalind WatersGary CooperRoderick Williams,   ... 
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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.

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 debut, judging by its spirited instrumental playing and fragrant vocal
Read more 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 Shakespeare's Musick and The Masque of Oberon, both by William Pickett and the Musicians of the Globe]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hollis Berrie by Traditional
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
Daphne by Traditional
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
My robin is to the greenwood gone by Traditional
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Tickle my toe by Traditional
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5.
Kemp's Jig by Traditional
Performer:  Jacob Heringman (Lute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Take, o take those lips away by John Wilson
Performer:  Rosalind Waters (Soprano), Jacob Heringman (Lute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Bony Sweet Robin by Giles Farnaby
Performer:  Gary Cooper (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Farewell, dear love by Robert Jones
Performer:  Jacob Heringman (Lute), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Tarletones riserrectione, P 59 by John Dowland
Performer:  Jacob Heringman (Lute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
10.
Hold, lingel, hold by Traditional
Performer:  Jeannette Ager (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
How should I your true love know by Traditional
Performer:  Meredith Hall (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Walsingham by Anthony Holborne
Performer:  Jacob Heringman (Lute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
13.
First Booke of Consort Lessons: La Corante by Thomas Morley
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
14.
La Coranto by William Byrd
Performer:  Gary Cooper (Virginal)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
15.
First Booke of Consort Lessons: La volto by Thomas Morley
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
16.
The poor soul sat sighing "Willow Song" by Traditional
Performer:  Meredith Hall (Soprano), Jacob Heringman (Lute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Robin by Traditional
Performer:  Jacob Heringman (Lute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
18.
O mistress mine, where are you roaming by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Jacob Heringman (Lute), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
O mistress mine, I must, MB 83 by William Byrd
Performer:  Gary Cooper (Virginal)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1590; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
20.
Earl of Essex, his Galliard, P 42a by John Dowland
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This piece by John Dowland was published in Thomas Morley's 1599 anthology "First Book of Consort Lessons". 
21.
Goe from my window by Richard Alison
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This piece by Richard Alison was published in Thomas Morley's 1599 anthology "First Book of Consort Lessons". 
22.
First Booke of Ayres: It was a lover and his lasse by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Rachel Elliott (Soprano), Libby Crabtree (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
23.
Get you hence, for I must go by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Rosalind Waters (Soprano), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Joanne Lunn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
24.
Hark, hark! the lark by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Jacob Heringman (Lute), Joanne Lunn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1609; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
Lavolta in G minor no 1, MB 90 "Lady Morley" by William Byrd
Performer:  Gary Cooper (Virginal)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
26.
Full fathom five by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Jacob Heringman (Lute)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1611; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
27.
Where the bee sucks by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Jacob Heringman (Lute), Joanne Lunn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  The Warehouse, London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 

Featured Sound Samples

Hollis Berrie (Traditional)
First Booke of Ayres (Morley): "It was a lover and his lasse" (As You Like It)
Kemp's Jig (Traditional)

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