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Bara Faustus' Dreame / Les Witches


Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 63   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousJohn DowlandPeter PhilipsAlfonso Ferrabosco,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As with many other releases from this fine French label, this one has all sorts of pretensions--inspired by Anne Cuneo's novel Le trajet d'une rivière, the performers attempt to "revive in part the musical world of Sir Francis Tregian", exploring "the elements of dream and travel through time and space..."--but what it comes down to is an interestingly packaged, well-performed early music program focusing on secular music from England in the late-16th/early-17th centuries. There are many songs familiar to fans of such repertoire, especially those by Dowland--Come when I call, Can she excuse, If my complaints could passions move, and several others--and William Byrd's Tregian's Ground, Morley's O mistresse mine, Read more and the ubiquitous Go from my window, which here actually appears with words rather than in the instrumental guise we usually hear.


The instruments--viols, recorders, lute, claviorganum, pandora (a kind of plucked bass stringed instrument)--are played with finesse and clarity, the mixtures of timbres are intelligently and effectively chosen, and the French singers are all very finely tuned and well-versed in the style. Even the English pronunciation was carefully researched--and the results are quite interesting and add a colorful dimension to the interpretation of the texts. The sound is first rate. My only complaint here is that three or four of the selections become tedious after six or seven repetitive minutes, but overall this is a classy and well-produced program that will please early music lovers, especially those looking for vibrant, articulate, period-instrument performances. [3/23/2005]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Go From My Window by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
2.
Come when I call, or tarie till I come, D 79 by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
3.
Pavan and Galliard Dolorosa by Peter Philips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1593; England 
4.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 10, From silent night, true register of moanes by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
5.
Dovehouse Pavan by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
6.
Heare me O God by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
7.
Tregian's Ground by William Byrd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
8.
In darkness let me dwell by John Coprario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches

Sound Samples

Goe from my window
Book of Songs, Book 3: Come when I call, or tarry till I com: Come when I call, or tarry till I come
Goe from my window
Book of Songs, Book 1: Can she excuse my wrongs - Excuse moy: Can she excuse my wrongs - Excuse moy
Pavan and Galliard Dolorosa (arr. for chamber ensemble): Pavan
Pavan and Galliard Dolorosa (arr. for chamber ensemble): Galliard
Book of Songs, Book 4, "A Pilgrimes Solace": From silent night, true register of moans: From silent night, true register of moans
9 Pavans: 9 pavans: No. 1. Dovehouse Pavan
Pavan on 4 Notes: Heare me O God
Pavan and Galliard No. 2 in F major, "Philip Tregian": Pavan and Galliard in F major: No. 2. Tregian
Funeral Teares for the death of the Right Honorable the Earle of Devonshire: No. 3. In darknesse let
Fantasy
The shepheards' Joy
O Mistresse mine
Captaine Pipers Pavin (arr. T. Morley): Captaine Pipers Pavin
The Right Honourable Robert, Earl of Essex, his Galliard - Can She Excuse (arr. T. Morley): The Right Honourable Robert, Earl of Essex, his Galliard - Can She Excuse
If my complaints could passions move

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