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All In A Garden Green - Four Seasons Of English Music / Le Tendre Amour


Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94313  
Composer:  John PlayfordWilliam ByrdNicola MatteisNicholas Lanier,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A delightful collection of English songs from the 17th century, constructed around the major influence of the four seasons, and showcasing the great enthusiasm for music, particularly amateur music making, that took place during this era.

During the Commonwealth of England (c.1640–1660), music disappeared almost entirely from religious and court occasions. The use of instruments and music in churches was banned, and organs were destroyed by order of the regime – so the public turned to village and tavern musicians, country dances and new musical clubs for music making. Coinciding with the decline of the Elizabethan madrigal, folk music and settings of the famous poets of the day were popular; similarly, keyboard variations
Read more on dance tunes and romantic songs for voice and lute were all the rage, and this continued into the years of the Restoration under Charles II. The monarch’s influence can be detected in the French style of some of the later works, featuring oboe and large groups of strings.

This outpouring of inspired music is captured perfectly in this new collection, performed with insight and sensitivity by Ensemble Le Tendre Amour. Composers featured include Purcell, Playford, Morley, Croft, Lawes, Byrd, Eccles, Ravenscroft and, of course, many anonymous works. From bucolic country music to sophisticated pieces for a gentrified city audience, the music provides a vivid soundtrack to life in the turbulent world of 17th century England.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Recording made in June 2011.
• Includes extensive booklet notes and complete sung texts.

REVIEWS:

"What an enchanting promenade through a musical garden – full of colour – a splendid sound - lively and high-spirited dances, not to mention the tender rendition of gentle love songs. Also truly splendid were the seven soloists of the ensemble, especially heard were: Sébastien Perrin (traverso), Adriana Alcaide (violin), and Nina Akerblom Nielsen (soprano). The result: an enchanting excursion to a baroque garden, glorious!" - Niederösterreichisches Nachrichten, St. Pölten, Austria.

"Closing the 10th Samobor music festival this year was a performance by early music ensemble Le Tendre Amour from Barcelona with the program “All in a Garden Green,” which caused great audience approval in the Samobor Franciscan church. Various combinations of instrumentation, a creative selection of repertoire, refined performance, and passionately dedicated members of this specialized ensemble, opened a rich array of emotional and spiritual nuances of beautiful music to the listener. The ensemble was as rich and inexhaustible as the interesting artistic periods themselves." - Radio Samobor, Croatia.
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Works on This Recording

1.
The English Dancing Master: The Chirping of the Nightingale by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
2.
John come kiss me now, MB 81 by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1590; England 
3.
Va poco di manera italiana by Nicola Matteis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
4.
No more shall meads be deck'd with flowers by Nicholas Lanier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
5.
Ciaconna by Gottfried Finger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
6.
Glory of the West by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
7.
Can beauty's spring by William Lawes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
8.
Chaconne by Henry François de Gallot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
9.
Now ye spring is come by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
10.
Ground upon a Scotch Humour by Nicola Matteis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
11.
Ground for harpsichord in C Minor, D 221 by William Croft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
12.
Sweeter than roses, Z 585 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
Written: By 1696; England 
13.
The English Dancing Master: All in a Garden Green by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
14.
Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin: The Glory of the Sun by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1669; England 
15.
O mistress mine, where are you roaming by Thomas Morley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
16.
The woods so wild, MB 85 by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
17.
The Chestnut by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
18.
Ayres for the Violin, Book 4: Aria by Nicola Matteis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1685; London, England 
19.
The English Dancing Master: Cold and Raw (Oyle of Barley) by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
20.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: When a cruel long winter by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
21.
Remember, O thou man by Thomas Ravenscroft
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; England 
22.
The English Dancing Master: Virgin Queen by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1703; England 
23.
Division on a Ground by Henry Eccles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
24.
Welcome to all the pleasures, Z 339 "Ode for St Cecilia's Day": Here the deities approve by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Tendre Amour
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; England 

Sound Samples

The English Dance Master, Vol. 1: Chirping of the Nightingale - Chirping of the Lark
John come kiss me now (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book) - The Division Violin: Divisions on John come kiss me now - Divisions on "John Come Kiss Me Now"
Ayres for the Violin: Va poco di manera Italiana - Aria amorosa
No More Shall Meads be Deck'd With Flow'rs
Airs Anglois: Ciaccona
The English Dance Master, Vol. 1: The Glory of the West - Godesses
Can bewtye's spring admitt
Pieces de guittarre de differends autheurs: Chaconne
Now ye Spring is come [Elizabeth Rogers Hir Virginall Booke, 1656]
Ground after the Scotch Humour
Ground in C Minor (attrib. to H. Purcell)
Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z. 585: Sweeter than roses
The Division Flute: Greensleeves
The English Dance Master, Vol. 1: No. 19. All in a garden green - Onder een linde groen (Unter der Linden grune), SwWV 325
The English Dance Master, Vol. 1: Stanes Morris - The Glory of the Sun
O Mistresse mine: O Mistress Mine
Will Yow Walke the Woods soe Wylde
The Chestnut - The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act IV: Autumn
Ayres for the Violin, Book 2: Ayres in G Minor: Aria
The English Dancing Master: Cold and Raw
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: Act IV: When a cruel long winter has frozen the earth
Remember, O Thou Man
The English Dancing Master: Virgin Queen - An Italian Rant
The Division of Violin: A Division on a Ground
Welcome to all the pleasures, Z. 339, "Ode on St. Cecilia's Day": Here the deities approve

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