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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    The English Viol - Byrd, Dowland, Gibbons, Lawes, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 61173 Release Date: 03/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  Henry Purcell,  Matthew Locke,  William Lawes  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Boothby,  Julia Hodgson,  Sarah Groser,  William Hunt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Red Byrd
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