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.
    16th Century Music For Viols
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1313334 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tallis,  Christopher Tye,  William Cornysh,  John Bull  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Rose Consort of Viols
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    50 Best Chillout Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 332942 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Gregorio Allegri,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Juliette Hurel,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Handford,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Stephen Cleobury,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Ahn Trio,  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic  ... 
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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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    100 Best Chamber Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972777 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Various,  Johann Pachelbel,  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Natalie Clein,  Pinchas Zuckerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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  • 5.
    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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  • 6.
    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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  • 7.
    The Very Best Of English Song
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80513 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  John Ireland,  Charles Hubert Parry,  Roger Quilter  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Gerald Moore,  Thomas Allen,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Simon Rattle,  Steuart Bedford  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Fretwork,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 8.
    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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  • 9.
    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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  • 12.
    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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  • 14.
    50 Best Baroque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57503 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Jeremiah Clarke,  John Dowland,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Gérard Lesne,  Susan Graham,  Christopher Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Richard Hickox,  Andrew Parrott,  Emmanuelle Haďm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Taverner Players,  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble  ... 
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    Bach: Art of the Fugue [CD+Catalog] / Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907296 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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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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    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 954236 Release Date: 11/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Maxwell Davies
    Performer:  Martyn [Tenor Vocals] Hill,  Fiona Kimm,  Peter Sidhom,  David Wilson-Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts,  Fretwork
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  • 18.
    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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  • 20.
    Johann Sebastian Bach - The Essentials
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2968096 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Richard Egarr,  Alexandre Tharaud,  Lionel Rogg,  Sibylla Rubens  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  René Jacobs,  Konrad Junghänel,  Petra Müllejans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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  • 21.
    English Music For Viols - Purcell, Lawes, Locke, Jenkins / Fretwork
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 95164 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Jenkins,  William Lawes,  Matthew Locke,  Henry Purcell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    Gibbons: Hosanna To The Son Of David / Marlow, Fretwork
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51231 Release Date: 08/05/2008   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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  • 24.
    Birds On Fire - Jewish Music For Viols / Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907478 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Van Wilder,  Leonora Duarte,  Albert Kellim,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Jeremy Avis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 25.
    I Heard A Voice - The Music Of The Golden Age
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94430 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tomkins,  Thomas Weelkes,  Orlando Gibbons
    Performer:  Oliver Brett,  Peter Stevens,  John McMunn,  David Allsopp
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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