Folger Consort


Active: 1976 - ; Washington DC
The Folger Consort is an early music ensemble associated with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. The group was founded in 1976 by lutenist/guitarist/harpist Christopher Kendall, and to this day he and fellow founding member and viol and recorder player Robert Eisenstein form the core of the ensemble. Having met as students at Ohio's Antioch College, Kendall and Eisenstein shortly thereafter formed a group that became the resident Read more music ensemble for the Folger Library. Within a short time, it took on a life of its own, the Folger Consort becoming an American exponent of early Celtic-Anglo-European music, which, after all, has a tradition going back to the time of the Roanoke Colony and Sir Walter Raleigh. Although the ensemble specializes in music of the Renaissance, its repertoire extends well past the sixteenth century in both directions, covering repertoire from the high Middle Ages all the way through to the eighteenth century. In addition to extensive live concerts and National Public Radio broadcasts, the Folger Consort produces one recording per year. So far, their body of recorded work gives an example of the ensemble's broad range, from twelfth century Christmas carols to Swiss-Austrian Alpine airs. In addition to guest performers, past members have included Tina Chancey and Scott Reiss. The latter has expanded the borders of the consort, by association at least, through the crossover ensemble Hesperus by playing blues and jazz on the recorder, citing providing a link with the improvisational tradition in much early music. Similarly, the Folger Consort remains an active and important New World link to the Old World tradition. It is based, with the rest of the Folger organization, in Washington, DC. Read less
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  • 1.
    Alpine Airs - Music Of Switzerland 13th-16th Centuries
    Label: Folger Consort   Catalog: 5637300083 Release Date: 07/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig Senfl,  Benedictus Appenzeller,  Sixt Dietrich,  Georg Rhau  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Zajac,  Scott Reiss,  Christopher Kendall,  Robert Eisenstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Folger Consort
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    Playing With Fire - Art Of The Renaissance Instrumentalist
    Label: Folger Consort   Catalog: 5637300081 Release Date: 02/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Francisco de la Torre,  Francesco Da Milano,  King VIII Henry  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Eisenstein,  Tina Chancey,  David Douglass,  Christopher Kendall  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Folger Consort
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    The Tempest - Settings From The 17th & 20th Centuries
    Label: Folger Consort   Catalog: 5637300080 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Hart,  Pelham Humphrey,  Matthew Locke,  John Banister  ... 
    Performer:  Scott Reiss,  John Moran,  Christopher Kendall,  Robert Eisenstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Folger Consort
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    A Medieval Christmas / The Folger Consort
    Label: Folger Consort   Catalog: 5637300079 Release Date: 11/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Egardus,  Paolo da Firenze
    Performer:  Robert Eisenstein,  Christopher Kendall,  Scott Reiss,  Tina Chancey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Folger Consort
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    As You Like It - Shakespeare In Music
    Label: Sony Classical Npr Milestones   Catalog: 61874 Release Date: 01/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Cole Porter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Lucine Amara,  Charles Bressler,  Eileen Farrell,  Lili Chookasian  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pembroke Davenport,  Max Goberman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Orchestra  ... 
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    A Distant Mirror - Shakespeare's Music / Folger Consort
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 12/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Henry Purcell,  Pelham Humphrey,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  James Richman,  Linda Quan,  Tina Chancey,  Ann Monoyios  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Folger Consort
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