Fretwork

Biography

Active: 1985 -
One might doubt, upon first hearing the name Fretwork, that the group in question is a serious-minded viol sextet specializing in pre-Classical music from their native Britain; Fretwork might, after all, sound more like the name of a 1980s Euro-rock band. But it is precisely that unpretentious design, that appeal to the not-esoterically-minded masses of listeners who easily tire of textbook approaches to early music performance, that has enabled Read more the men and women of Fretwork to lift themselves into the top rank of the world's performing ensembles -- no small feat for a viol consort.

Fretwork was founded in Britain in 1985 and made its debut at Wigmore Hall the following year. It maintains, as mentioned, a reputation as exponents first and foremost of English music (William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Henry Purcell, William Lawes, et al); but it has also been the catalyst for the composition of several new pieces of music (Tan Dun and George Benjamin being key among the composers represented in this category), thus allowing audiences to hear a kind of hybrid music-making -- old meets new in the most obvious of ways -- that has not very often been tried. The group also edits and publishes music under the label Fretwork Editions. Read less
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  • 1.
    A Viol Consort Plays Johann Sebastian Bach / Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908742 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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    16th Century Music For Viols
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1333 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  Christopher Tye,  William Cornysh,  William Byrd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Rose Consort of Viols
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    Dowland: Tunes Of Sad Despaire
    Label: Satirino   Catalog: 121 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  John Dowland
    Performer:  Dominique Visse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 4.
    Sublime Discourses / Michael Chance, Sophie Yates, Fretwork
    Label: Regent   Catalog: 341 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Peerson,  John Milton
    Performer:  Michael Chance
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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    Thomas Weelkes: Grant The King A Long Life
    Label: Obsidian Records   Catalog: 708 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Weelkes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge Sidney Sussex College Choir
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    Tune thy Musicke to thy Hart / Stile Antico
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807554 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tomkins,  John Amner,  John Taverner,  Robert Ramsey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico,  Fretwork
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  • 7.
    Bach: Goldberg Variations / Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907560 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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    Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri; Schutz: O Bone Jesu / Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 427660 Release Date: 04/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Ruth Holton,  Jean Knibbs,  Ashley Stafford,  Nicholas Robertson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  Fretwork
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    A Golden Treasury Of Renaissance Music
    Label: Saydisc   Catalog: 65 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  King VIII Henry,  Christopher Tye,  William Cornysh,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Chateauneuf,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Deborah Roberts,  Richard [Bass Vocals] Wistreich  ... 
    Conductor:  James Wood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua of London,  Fretwork,  The York Waits  ... 
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    In Nomine - English Music For Viols / Fretwork
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 29 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Johnson,  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  Thomas Tallis,  Robert Parsons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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    Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri, Laudate Pueri Dominum / Kirkby, Thomas, Fretwork, Purcell Quartet
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 775 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Matthias Weckmann
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Charles Daniels,  Emma Kirkby,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Purcell Quartet
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    Maxwell Davies: Taverner / Knussen, Asbury, Bbc Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 157 Release Date: 11/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Maxwell Davies
    Performer:  John Graham Hall,  Peter Hall,  Peter Sidhom,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Stefan Asbury,  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  New London Children's Choir,  London Voices  ... 
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  • 13.
    Purcell: The Complete Fantazias / Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907502 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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    Tomkins: These Distracted Times, Etc / Skinner, Sutton, Fretwork, Et Al
    Label: Obsidian Records   Catalog: 702 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tomkins
    Performer:  Jamal Sutton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Sidney Sussex College Choir,  Alamire,  Fretwork
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    Petrucci - Harmonice Musices Odhecaton / Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 507291 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Agricola,  Josquin Des Préz,  Crispin van Stappen,  Hayne van Ghizeghem  ... 
    Performer:  Wendy Gillespie,  Julia Hodgson,  Richard Campbell,  Susanna Pell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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    Gibbons: Hosanna To The Son Of David / Marlow, Fretwork
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51231 Release Date: 07/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando Gibbons
    Performer:  Philip Rushforth,  Christopher Allsop
    Conductor:  Richard Marlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir,  Fretwork
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    Gibbons: Cries And Fancies / Fretwork, Nicholson
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 59191 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando Gibbons
    Performer:  Paul Nicholson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Red Byrd
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    Lockerbie Memorial Concert / Bryars, Hilliard Ensemble
    Label: Gb Records   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Jenkins,  Gavin Bryars,  Nicolas Gombert,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  William Hunt,  Wendy Gillespie,  Julia Hodgson,  Susanna Pell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Hilliard Ensemble
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    Century Vol 9 - Chansons & Madrigals Of The Renaissance
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908171 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Clément Janequin,  Loyset Compčre,  John Dowland  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Dominique Visse,  Michel Laplénie,  Philippe Cantor  ... 
    Conductor:  Dominique Visse,  William Christie,  René Jacobs,  Erik Van Nevel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Clément Janequin Ensemble,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Purcell: Fantazias & In Nomines / Fretwork
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45062 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Richard Boothby,  Wendy Gillespie,  Richard Campbell,  William Hunt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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    Byrd: The Consort Music / Fretwork
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45031 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Performer:  Elizabeth Liddle,  Richard Campbell,  Julia Hodgson,  Wendy Gillespie  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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    Taverner: Missa Mater Christi Sanctissima / Sixteen, Et Al
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55053 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Taverner
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  The Sixteen
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  • 23.
    Goe Nightly Cares - Dowland, Byrd: Dances & Songs / Fretwork
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 5615612 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Byrd,  John Dowland
    Performer:  Christopher Wilson,  Michael Chance
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 24.
    Bryars: Cadman Requiem, Etc / Hilliard Ensemble, Fretwork
    Label: Point Music   Catalog: 462511 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gavin Bryars
    Performer:  Roger Heaton,  Gavin Bryars,  Orlanda Bryars,  Ziella Bryars  ... 
    Conductor:  Dave Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gavin Bryars Ensemble,  Hilliard Ensemble,  Fretwork
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  • 25.
    The Early Byrd Vol 1 / I Fagiolini, Fretwork, Sophie Yates
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 578 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Carys-Anne Lane,  Anna Crookes,  Richard Roberts  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  I Fagiolini
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