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
The Early Byrd Vol 1 / I Fagiolini, Fretwork, Sophie Yates
Release Date: 05/23/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 578   Number of Discs: 1
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Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri, Laudate Pueri Dominum / Kirkby, Thomas, Fretwork, Purcell Quartet
Release Date: 11/16/2010   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 775   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 447298 Release Date: 07/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Heinrich Schütz
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 28.
    English Church Music - Byrd, Humphrey, Gibbons
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907454 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Orlando Gibbons,  Pelham Humphrey,  William Byrd
    Performer:  William Harpin,  Michael Hickman,  Steven Harrold,  Peter Harvey  ... 
    Conductor:  Bill Grayston Ives,  Nicholas McGegan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford,  Fretwork,  Romanesca  ... 
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  • 29.
    Best Baroque 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70907 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joao Domingos Bomtempo  ... 
    Performer:  Della Jones,  Arleen Augér,  Michel Sanvoisin,  Lionel Rogg  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Louis Auriacombe,  Michel Corboz,  Lajos Rovátkay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Baroque Sinfonia,  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon  ... 
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  • 30.
    Agricola: Chansons / Michael Chance, Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907421 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre de La Rue,  Ninot le Petit,  Alexander Agricola,  Fabrice Fitch
    Performer:  Michael Chance
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 31.
    The Cries Of London / Hillier, Fretwork, Theatre Of Voices
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807214 Release Date: 08/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando Gibbons,  William Cobbold,  Thomas Ravenscroft,  Michael East  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Theatre of Voices
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  • 32.
    The Cries Of London / Hillier, Fretwork, Theatre Of Voices
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907214 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando Gibbons,  Michael East,  Richard Dering,  Thomas Ravenscroft  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Theatre of Voices
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Bach: Alio Modo / Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907395 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 36.
    Senfl: Im Maien / Charles Daniels, Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907334 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig Senfl
    Performer:  Charles Daniels
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 37.
    In Utero - Music For My Baby
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 61824 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Edvard Grieg,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Lars Anders Tomter,  Klaus Bruder,  Wolfgang Fernow  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Jonathan Rees,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Ensemble  ... 
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  • 38.
    Purcell: Fantazias & In Nomines / Fretwork
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 45062 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Wendy Gillespie,  Richard Campbell,  William Hunt,  Susanna Pell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 39.
    Veritas - Lawes: Complete Consort Setts /Fretwork, Nicholson
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62001 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Lawes
    Performer:  Paul Nicholson,  Richard Boothby,  William Hunt,  Richard Campbell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 40.
    Byrd: The Consort Music / Fretwork
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   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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  • 41.
    Armada - Music From The Courts Of England & Spain / Fretwork
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61821 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  Anthony Holborne,  Robert Parsons,  Diego Ortiz  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Christopher Wilson,  Richard Boothby,  Paul Nicholson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 42.
    Gibbons: Fantasias & Cries Of London / Fretwork, Red Byrd
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 45144 Release Date: 06/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando Gibbons
    Performer:  Paul Nicholson,  William Hunt,  Julia Hodgson,  Elizabeth Liddle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Red Byrd
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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    Part, Palestrina, Browne: Stabat Mater / Andrew Parrott
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 45272 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  John Browne,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Joanne Andrews,  Deborah Miles-Johnson,  Simon Berridge
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Choir,  Taverner Consort,  Fretwork
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  • 47.
    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:  Carys-Anne Lane,  Hugh Wilson,  Richard Roberts,  Robin Blaze  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini,  Fretwork
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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    Dowland: Lachrimae (1604) / Fretwork
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 45005 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland
    Performer:  William Hunt,  Christopher Wilson,  Wendy Gillespie,  Richard Campbell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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