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.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    Byrd: Consort Songs / Emma Kirkby, Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907383 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    With A Merrie Noyse - Gibbons: Second Service, Etc
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907337 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando Gibbons
    Performer:  Stephen Connolly,  William Harpin,  Robi Bhattacharya,  Jonathan Hardy  ... 
    Conductor:  Bill Grayston Ives
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Magdalen College Choir Oxford,  Fretwork
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  • 34.
    Above The Starrs - Thomas Tomkins / Fretwork, Kirkby, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907320 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Tomkins
    Performer:  Charles Daniels,  Catherine King,  Jonathan Arnold,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 35.
    Bach: The Art Of Fugue / Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907296 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    Petrucci - Harmonice Musices Odhecaton / Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907291 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Alexander Agricola,  Crispin van Stappen,  Hayne van Ghizeghem  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 38.
    Tavener: The Hidden Face / Michael Chance, Fretwork
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907285 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Ward,  John Tavener,  Henry Purcell,  Picforth,  ... 
    Performer:  Susanna Pell,  Julia Hodgson,  William Hunt,  Wendy Gillespie  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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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
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Aria
Var. 1.
Var. 2.
Var. 3. Canone all'Unisono
Var. 4.
Var. 5.
Var. 6. Canone alla Seconda
Var. 7. Al tempo di Giga
Var. 8.
Var. 9. Canone alla Terza
Var. 10. Fughetta
Var. 11.
Var. 12. Canone alla Quarta
Var. 13.
Var. 14.
Var. 15. Canone alla Quinta: Andante
Var. 16. Ouverture
Var. 17.
Var. 18. Canone alla Sesta
Var. 19.
Var. 20.
Var. 21. Canone alla Settima
Var. 22. Alla breve
Var. 23.
Var. 24. Canone all'Ottava
Var. 25. Adagio
Var. 26.
Var. 27. Canone alla Nona
Var. 28.
Var. 29.
Var. 30. Quodlibet
Aria
I. Ad pedes: Sonata
I. Ad pedes: Ecce super montes pedes
I. Ad pedes: Salve mundi salutare
I. Ad pedes: Ecce super montes pedes
I. Ad pedes: Salve mundi salutare
II. Ad genua: Sonata in tremulo
II. Ad genua: Ad ubera portabimini
II. Ad genua: Salve Jesu, rex sanctorum
II. Ad genua: Ad ubera portabimini
III. Ad manus: Sonata
III. Ad manus: Quid sunt plagae
III. Ad manus: Salve Jesu, pastor bone
III. Ad manus: Quid sunt plagae
IV. Ad latus: Sonata
IV. Ad latus: Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea
IV. Ad latus: Salve latus salvatoris
IV. Ad latus: Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea
V. Ad pectus: Sonata
V. Ad pectus: Sicut modo geniti infantes rationabiles
V. Ad pectus: Salve, salus mea, Deus
V. Ad pectus: Sicut modo geniti infantes rationabiles
VI. Ad cor: Sonata
VI. Ad cor: Vulnerasti cor meum
VI. Ad cor: Summi regis cor, aveto
VI. Ad cor: Vulnerasti cor meum
VII. Ad faciem: Sonata
VII. Ad faciem: Illustra faciem tuam
VII. Ad faciem: Salve, caput cruentatum
VII. Ad faciem: Amen
Act I Scene 1: A Courtroom: My Lord (John , White Abbot, Council, Richard , Rose, Priest, Boy, Cardinal)
Act I Scene 1: Transition
Act I Scene 2: The Chapel: Hoc opus est Johanni Taverni in regione Lindi nati (Monks, John )
Act I Scene 2: Transition
Act I Scene 3: The Throne Room: Our good Lord Cardinal (King, Jester, Cardinal)
Act I Scene 4: The Throne Room: John , what does the Lord require of thee? (Death, John , White Monk, Black Monk, Antichrist)
Act I Scene 4: The Throne Room: But this is not enough, John (Death, Richard , Rose, John )
Act I Scene 4: The Throne Room: Behold his body, in every place (Demons, God the Father, Archangels, Joking Jesus, Mary, John )
Act I Scene 4: The Throne Room: , sign your confession (Death, John )
Act II Scene 1: The Courtroom: My Lord Abbot (John , White Abbot, Richard , Council, Rose, Priest, Boy, Death)
Act II Scene 1: Transition
Act II Scene 2: The Throne Room: How fares our good Lord Cardinal? (King, Cardinal, Archbishop, Jester)
Act II Scene 3: Transition
Act II Scene 3: The Throne Room: Videbat ergo Dominus in civitate iniquitatem et (White Abbot, Monks, John , Captain)
Act II Scene 3: Transition
Act II Scene 4: The Market-place in Boston, Lincolnshire: This is the work of John (Townspeople, Choirboys, Council, John , White Abbot, Full Chorus, Rose)
Consort Sett a 5 in F major: I. Fantazy
Consort Sett a 5 in F major: II. Paven
Consort Sett a 5 in F major: III. Aire
Consort Sett a 6 in C minor: I. Fantazia
Consort Sett a 6 in C minor: II. Fantazia
Consort Sett a 6 in C minor: III. Inominy
Consort Sett a 6 in C minor: III. Inominy
Consort Sett a 6 in C minor: IV. Aire
Consort Sett a 6 in C minor: IV. Aire
Consort Sett a 6 in G minor: I. Paven
Consort Sett a 6 in G minor: II. Fantazy
Consort Sett a 6 in G minor: III. Aire
Consort Sett a 5 in C minor: I. Fantazy
Consort Sett a 5 in C minor: II. Aire
Consort Sett a 5 in C minor: III. Paven
Consort Sett a 5 in C minor: IV. Aire
Consort Sett a 6 in C major: I. Fantazy
Consort Sett a 6 in C major: II. Fantazy
Consort Sett a 6 in C major: III. Aire
Consort Sett a 5 in G minor: I. Fantazya
Consort Sett a 5 in G minor: II. On the Playnsong
Consort Sett a 5 in G minor: III. Aire
Consort Sett a 6 in B flat major: I. Fantazia
Consort Sett a 6 in B flat major: II. Aire
Consort Sett a 6 in B flat major: III. Inominy