Taking its title from the seventh of Coprario's Funeral Teares, Les Voix Baroques mine a rich seam of English melancholy, including powerful Purcell.
- BBC Music Magazine
If it’s true that sad music pacifies the spirit, then one could hardly do better than this marvelous wallow in English melancholia. These are gorgeous performances – stylish, nuanced and beautifully recorded. We cheer up – as does the music – by the end of the disc.
- The Globe and Mail (Canada)
A dozen somber songs and anthems might seem like tough going, but Le Voix Baroques have put together such a richly eclectic program that you never feel like you are wallowing in bottomless gloom. The label's typically fineRead more audiophile sound presents voices and instruments with plenty of warmth and detail. While the theme of this album might be somewhat off-putting, trust yourself to the beauty of the music and the excellence of the performances and you will be amply rewarded.
- Musical Toronto
During 16th and 17th centuries, English music was highly original and unique both in its forms and its characteristic mood. Melancholy was the prevailing mood everywhere on the continent in those days, but it was particularly characteristic of the work of British intellectuals, writers, and composers — from the most obscure to the likes of Shakespeare, Dowland, Locke, Blow and Purcell. The Anthems and Songs on this CD reveal some of the most touching pieces from this era.
Under the artistic direction of Matthew White, Les Voix Baroques is an ensemble of vocal soloists that works in conjunction with prominent instrumentalists, ensembles and music directors to present vocal works from, and related to, the Renaissance and Baroque, in formats ranging from traditional concerts to fully staged operatic events. Alexander Weimann is currently artistic director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and one of the most sought after ensemble leaders, soloists, and chamber music partners of his generation. Read less
Works on This Recording
O let me at thy footstool fallby Martin Peerson Conductor:
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Period: Renaissance Written: by 1614; England