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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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
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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