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Bara Faustus' Dreame / Les Witches

Les Witches
Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 63   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousJohn DowlandRichard AlisonPeter Phillips,   ... 
Performer:  Charles-Edouard FantinBruno [Tenor Vocals] BoterfNathalie Marec
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.
Goe from my window by Anonymous
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora), Bruno [Tenor Vocals] Boterf ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Come when I call, or tarry till I come, dialogue for 2 voices, 3 viols, 5 part chorus & 2 lutes (Thi by John Dowland
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora), Nathalie Marec (), Bruno [Tenor Vocals] Boterf ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3.
Goe from My Window, for consort by Richard Alison
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1599 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Dolorosa Pavan and Galliard, Tregian No 1 (from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book) by Peter Phillips
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 10, From silent night, true register of moanes by John Dowland
Performer:  Nathalie Marec (), Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6.
Dovehouse Pavan, for 5 viols by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
7.
Heare me, O God, for voice & 4 viols (adapted from Four-Note Pavan) by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Performer:  Nathalie Marec (), Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8.
Pavan and Galliard in F major no 2, MB 60 "Ph. Tregian" by William Byrd
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
9.
In Darkness Let Me Dwell, madrigal by John Coprario
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora), Bruno [Tenor Vocals] Boterf ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10.
Work(s): [Unspecified] Fantasia for 5 viols by John Ward
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
11.
The shepheards' Joy (tune Bara Faustus' dreame) by Anonymous
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora), Bruno [Tenor Vocals] Boterf ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Written: 1610 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
12.
Mistresse mine, well may you fare (O Mistress Mine), song for voice with lute & bass viol by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora), Bruno [Tenor Vocals] Boterf ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
13.
Pipers Pavan, P 8 by John Dowland
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
14.
Can she excuse, P 42 by John Dowland
Performer:  Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
15.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 4, If my complaints could passions move by John Dowland
Performer:  Bruno [Tenor Vocals] Boterf (), Nathalie Marec (), Charles-Edouard Fantin (Pandora)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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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